GUIDELINES TO ‘BOW’ DOWN TO
The width of your bow tie should not exceed the width of your face, and definitely not the width of your collar. Don’t over-accessorise your look by pairing a pocket square with a bow tie. Don’t wear a colourful printed or patterned bow tie with a printed or patterned shirt. If you’re wearing a printed bow tie, opt for a shirt in a solid colour, and vice versa. Match the colour of your bow tie with your lapel and cummerbund while styling a classic tuxedo. Never break the rule of formal dressing. Do not wear a black satin bow tie with a sports jacket. Avoid a self-tie if you are not confident about tying it. A bow tie doesn’t have to be limited to a formal affair. For casual or semi-formal looks, team a bow tie with short suits, or a shirt and a pair of jeans. You can even substitute the blazer with a leather jacket and a shirt. If you love wearing shirts over chinos, opt for bow ties in pop colours or fun prints. The slim-line is best paired with a standard collar The standard one, which tends to be slightly broader and big in size, is best paired with a winged-collar. A plaid bow tie with a bright shirt and cardigan can look impressive. A pre-tied bow works well with a slim-cut suit for a corporate affair. If you’re in an experimental zone, go for a printed bow tie with a plain shirt and dhoti pants.