Brooks Brothers – BB#1 Stripe Bow Tie

On October 25, 2010, in Bowties, Classics, Mens, Ties, by Bowties Boatshoes

If you’re thinking about trying to add something a little different to your wardrobe while still maintaining a classic feel, think about trying out a bowtie. Bowties are a classic representation of old world charm. This is likely because the bowtie originated among Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian wars of the 17th century. The Croats used a scarf around the neck to hold together the opening of their shirts. This was soon adopted (under the name cravat, derived from the French for “Croat”) by the upper classes in France, then a leader in fashion. Thereafter the bowtie style flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries.

When you’re modernizing a classic like the bowtie, you want to make sure that you’ve got quality materials. That’s why Bows & Boats thoroughly endorses the quality silk bow ties made by Brooks Brothers (Price: $49.50-$59.50). The 100% silk bow ties are made in America with pure silk that was woven in England. Check out the Brooks Brothers Bow Tie Selection here. The Model shown above, the BB#1 Stripe Bow Tie ($49.50), is available in 6 different colors.

If you do decide to try out the bowtie for yourself, there is one thing that is essential for you to understand. You need to learn to tie them yourself. Anyone can get the black clip-on rental bowtie and wear it to prom. Tying your own bowtie is something that few adult men take the time to learn, which is precisely why it sets you apart from the crowd. Wearing a clip-on bowtie is no better than wearing a clip-on neck tie. So remember, unless you’re wearing a tuxedo to a special event or in a wedding that demands perfect uniformity, there is no excuse for it.

We want to make this style as easy as possible for you to try out, so if you don’t know how to tie a bowtie, try the video below. The diagram shown below is the best we’ve found at reminding yourself step by step how to tie the bowtie knot. If you still need more help, take a trip into your local Brooks Brothers or other comparable Men’s Shop and simply ask them for help learning to tie one. It has been our experience that these shops typically require someone on duty that knows how to tie both the bowtie and the standard neck tie knots.

Video Instructions on Tying a Bowtie


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