How To Wear Mens Bow Ties With Tuxedos

The bow tie has its origins dating back to the 17th century when Croatian mercenaries used a unique scarf to support and hold the opening of their shirts during the Prussian War. Known as the cravat, it soon became adopted by the upper classes of France and became popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. It has undergone many changes in forms and gradually has become a staple in men’s formal wear today.

Bow ties for men are worn on different occasions including business meetings, formal events, and school functions. However, many prefer to wear it for evening dinners and proms. The black tie and white tie dress code also require a bow tie. It is usually worn to look distinct and make a style statement. It’s considered as a sign of fashion conscious men. Bow tie comes in several types. Here we will look at how to knot a bow tie first.

How To Knot A Bow Tie:

How To Tie A Bow Tie

1.Lie the bow tie facing up. Adjust it so that the right side is shorter than the left. The left’s side end will be referred to as X, and the end on the right will be referred to as Y.

2. Move X across Y to the right side.

3. Bring X under Y up through the neck loop.

4. At the joint, fold Y towards the right and then left to create a bow shape.

5. Bring X stra­ight down over the bow shape’s middle that was made with Y.

6. Fold X back towards the chest and grasp the fold.

7. Push the gripped end (X) through the loop behind Y.

8. Pull on the folded parts to tighten.

9. Adjust until it is balanced on both the sides.

Types of Bow Tie:


   Clip On Bow Tie                                               Pre-Tied Bow Tie                               Self Tie Bow Tie                                                                                                                                                         

                 types of bow ties

How To Wear Bow Ties With Tuxedo

Now we show you how to wear bow ties for men of different colors with tuxedos which would certainly make you look dapper on multiple events.

Pre-Tied Black Bow Tie

black bow tie

A combination of the black tuxedo with black bow tie is the dress code if you are attending a black tie event. This combo is considered a standard in men’s clothing though you can also use this dressing for wedding events. The above bow tie you are viewing is crafted of satin and available in pre-tied form. It would suit you on multiple occasions.

Red Bow Tie

red bow tie mens

If you have a navy blue or black tuxedo or a white tuxedo with red bow, opt for the red bow tie as shown above which is sure to add a perfect contrast to your looks. It’s a pre-tied bow tie for men that would be perfect to be worn for weddings also whether you are a groom or guest. The bow tie has a shiny effect which would certainly create an impression on others.

White and Grey Bow Tie

grey and white bow tie

Like tuxedos, bow ties for men also comes in different color combinations. A gray and white bow tie, as shown above, would certainly make you look elegant when worn with a gray colored tuxedo. You can wear this for different occasions from weddings to proms to look distinguished from others.

Black Self Tie Bow Tie 

self bow tie mens

Many men prefer to wear white tuxedo jacket along with black trousers that is the latest trend. You can choose a black colored self-tie bow tie for men that would certainly give you complete gentlemanly looks. You can follow the instructions above to knot the bow tie. The combo of black and white colors would certainly make you stand out from others.

Royal Blue Bow Tie

blue self bow tie

This royal blue bow tie would certainly go well with a shiny blue or black tuxedo jacket. It’s crafted from polyester silk and would give you a comfortable clothing experience when worn.  It’s a perfect accessory for a tuxedo that would be ideal whether you are attending a prom, wedding or other special occasions.

Purple Bow Tie

purple bow tieA purple colored bow tie would make you look elegant to be worn with a black tuxedo. The above bow tie is made from polyester and would be an ideal companion as part of dressing for the grand event. Purple is a trendy color in bow ties for men, and like the celebrities who can be seen wearing it frequently for red carpet events, you can get this one to look absorbing and dapper.

This completes the post on how to wear mens bow ties of varying colors with different tuxedos. Hope this post helps you to select the right bow tie as part of dressing for the grand event. Plus we have also covered instructions on wearing self tie bow ties for men that would be fruitful for you. We also hope you would have a memorable time at your special events. You can also visit our website for different tuxedos and suits.

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