May 03, 2023
There’s a lot to consider when picking out accessories. How will it match your outfit? Does it speak to your personal sense of style? The decision can be intimidating, especially when you’re choosing between two options that are very similar—like neckties and bow ties. Though both options serve the same function, there are a few things that set them apart. Find the perfect accessory for your outfit with this guide to the differences between the tie and the bow tie.
Length is the most obvious difference between neckties and bow ties. A necktie is much longer and stretches down the torso, ending above the waist. Bow ties stay at the collar and end in a bow in front of the neck. The shape of the tie you choose affects how people perceive your overall outfit. Neckties naturally draw the gaze in and down, giving the illusion of a slimmer, taller figure.
There are no hard rules about when you can and can’t wear certain tie styles, but general consensus says that neckties are more formal than bow ties. As a result, neckties are the top choice to wear for more formal occasions like big business meetings or serious ceremonies. But if you’re dressing up for a party—such as a wedding, dance, or other lighthearted affair—then a bow tie is a fun and popular choice.
That said, you shouldn’t be afraid to bend the rules a bit with your outfits. A brightly colored tie can be just as whimsical as any bow tie, and a crisp, perfectly tied bow tie can look great with formal outfits. Experiment with different styles to find the accessory that matches both the occasion and your own sense of style.
Both neckties and bow ties come in many different styles. For neckties, the different styles usually revolve around the width. Mid-width ties are the most common, but you can choose a narrower or wider style to suit your body type, lapel size, or other considerations.
Bow tie styles refer to the style of the bow itself. The butterfly style is the most common bow style, but you can also opt for a narrower batwing style, a diamond shape or diamond point bow, or other variations. You can also choose a pre-tied bowtie for a consistent (and easy!) bow every time.
Though there are many differences between the tie and the bow tie, both are fantastic options for sprucing up your outfit and letting your personality shine through. Best of all, you can find a plethora of different materials, colors, and patterns for both neckties and bow ties. Visit DAZI today to explore our creative collection of men’s bow ties and find the perfect accessory to add to your wardrobe.
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