The Key to Looking Cool in a Bow Tie

Hey boys, put a bow on it.

Bow ties
Bow ties (Photo: Courtesy)

In anticipation of the Academy Awards, otherwise known as the most anxiously awaited red carpet of the year, let’s discuss the bow tie. Prim, proper and just a bit cheeky, this neck accessory adds character to even the most basic tuxedo.

A go-to for Hollywood’s top stylists, truly any guy can adopt this formal necessary as his own. There are a few rules to observe: Keep the color dark and the prints to a minimum, à la Burberry’s polka dot or Title of Work’s splash of gold. The bowtie already comes with a certain degree of kitsch—there’s no need to add any more.

 

Burberry Polka Dot Silk Bow Tie, $155, Us.Burberry.com
Burberry Polka Dot Silk Bow Tie, $155, Us.Burberry.com (Photo: Courtesy Burberry).
Mark/Giusti London “Bring Back Time” Mosaic Bow Tie, about $73, Markgiusti.com
Mark/Giusti London “Bring Back Time” Mosaic Bow Tie, about $73, Markgiusti.com (Photo: Courtesy Mark/Giusti)
Title of Work, 24 Karat Gold Leaf/Vertical Stripe, $325, Titleofwork.com
Title of Work, 24 Karat Gold Leaf/Vertical Stripe, $325, Titleofwork.com (Photo: Courtesy Title of Work).
Salvatore Ferragamo Bow Tie, $130, Salvatore Ferragamo Boutiques, 1-866-337-7242
Salvatore Ferragamo Bow Tie, $130, Salvatore Ferragamo Boutiques, 1-866-337-7242 (Photo: Courtesy Salvatore Ferragamo).
Brackish Bow Tie in Midnight, $195, Brackishbowties.com
Brackish Bow Tie in Midnight, $195, Brackishbowties.com (Photo: Courtesy Brackish).
Turnbull & Asser Navy Velvet Bow Tie, $115, Turnbullandasser.com
Turnbull & Asser Navy Velvet Bow Tie, $115, Turnbullandasser.com (Photo: Courtesy Turnbull & Asser).
Alexander Olch The Grey Brown Bow Tie in Dark Grey, $110, Olch.com
Alexander Olch The Grey Brown Bow Tie in Dark Grey, $110, Olch.com (Photo: Courtesy Alexander Olch).
The Key to Looking Cool in a Bow Tie