Traditional Attire Group - Ties & Bow-tiesTies & Bow-ties

The importance of the tie to traditional attire lies mainly in its indispensability, rather than in any particular design or type of knot.

Some wearers of stiff separate collars aver that a ‘Windsor’ knot is desirable to hold things in place, while others would probably deny knowing what a Windsor knot is.

With tweeds, a plain knitted tie is preferable, but needs to be a different colour or shade from the jacket. Again, bow-ties can be worn with tweeds but not with city suits.

Bow-ties are essential for any occasions when ‘black tie’ or ‘white tie’ are specified, but this form of dress is of much wider application than exclusively to the traditionalist fraternity.

The question arises with all bow-ties as to whether they should be tied ones-self or ‘made-up’. The former involves tying the knot as if one were tying a shoelace – easier said than done, and not to be attempted in a hurry. Perhaps bow-ties are like bread sauce, vastly easier when ready-made, and none the worse in quality.

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