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The Big Tuxedo Debate: Bow Tie vs. Regular Necktie?

The Big Tuxedo Debate: Bow Tie vs. Regular Necktie?

Looking your best can be a difficult proposition. This statement especially holds true when it comes to formal wear since people tend to only wear tuxes or nice suits for special occasions. Because there are so many rules to and conventions to consider, it is important that you discuss your options for formal dress with people who care how you look. 

 We get a lot of questions from customers about this practice, so let's settle this debate right now.

To necktie or to bow tie? What is your money on?

Why Wearing the Proper Neck Wear is Crucial for Tuxes

There are certain standards to consider with black tie events. Black tie is a special kind of evening wear with certain conventions that can make or break a look. In addition to considering what shoes should be worn, how the waist should be covered, and the lapels of the tuxedo jacket, it is just as important as considering the neck wear, as well. The black tie ensemble is the sum of all of its parts, and it's important that these parts work in conjunction to bring out your best look.

Can a  regular necktie be worn with a tuxedo?

To be honest, not really. Bow ties work in tandem with tuxes to create a look that is suited for black tie, and these are events for which neckties don't quite fit the bill.

Given, you do see a lot of celebrities and influential people trying to sport neckties with a tuxedo, but you'll note that many times the neckties don't necessarily complement the black tie look.

In general, either a bow tie or a neck tie can go with a regular suit, but if you are going to be wearing a tuxedo or plan on attending a black tie event, a bow tie is a patented necessity.

The Basics to Consider With Black Tie Events

With black tie affairs, we do want to stress that there are certain rules of dress that are easy to follow.

If you want to make a statement at a black tie event, there are ways to do it that don't involve neckties. Sometimes a pocket square, a colored cummerbund, or a little dash of subtle yet carefully selected flair goes a long way. We'll help you consider the best ways to add accent and uniqueness to your black tie attire during your visit.

Learn More About Buying Tuxedos and Formal Wear

If you would like to learn more about all of your options for stylish formal wear, please feel free to chat with one of our specialists . During our conversation, we will be sure to answer your questions, address any and all concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to make the right choices in an informed way in regards to your look.


As always, stay dapper!

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