Accessories for Modern Gentlemen: Bow Ties

Earlier when I traced the history of the modern necktie I deliberately did not mention one particular development – the bow tie.

The bow tie shares the same origins as the necktie. It was Pierre Lorillard who made the black bow tie a standard piece of formal attire for gentlemen. This designer is credited with creating the tuxedo which was named after Tuxedo Park (located just outside of New York) where his family had an estate. From this combination came the “black tie” pieces: tuxedo and black bow tie. With all the fashion fads and trends that have come and gone, the black tie attire has endured.

With the passing years the bow tie has been redefined and redesigned. They have moved on from being strictly for formal wear, black and only for men. But now we see multiple colours, patterns and sizes and even women donning them. We recall the iconic looks of Sean Connery and Frank Sinatra in their tuxs and bow tie.

The Icons in Tuxedo

Sean Connery as Mr Bond, James Bond.

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Nobody quite like Frank…

Mr. Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca 

Hey kid…

The Modern Bow Tie 

A few selected ones…

A variety of options to suit your fancy


Bow tie and suspenders

Three ole chaps

Ladies as well

How to tie them

There are pre-tied designs available but just in case you have one that you have to actually tie, here’s a little help…

In less than 10 seconds!

Too quick for you? Here’s something slower….

So now there’s no excuse for you to get a pre-tied bow tie. Yes? Good.

What to wear it with

You’ll need a dress shirt, slim fit slacksblazer, coloured socks and a pocket square. Note, there is NO RULE that says your pocket square should match your bow tie. None! Complement the shirt and the tie. Stop matching.
Merci beacoup.

Mix & Match

Where to get them

Bow ties are available at just about any male clothing store. If shopping online you may want to check: tiebar, menswarehouse, Nordstrom , TieHard 

That’s all for now…

I know I made a promise to do a piece on pocket squares but it would’ve been too much. So I’ll get to it in the next instalment of the blog.

It’s been a rather busy week between school and trying to set up our male accessories business. Hopefully, by the next issue we should be up and running.

Look out for Essential Pieces by MTM Inc.

As always, do you. 
“Style is personal.”

*All pictures were taken from Pinterest unless otherwise stated.

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