It's mostly an English case put forward and often by brands which have a particular reason to push that mode of thought, but the bow tie is often maligned and relegated to black tie events only.
Thank goodness that our customers have been wearing them more casually in the past few years and thank goodness that the Australian wedding market has evolved to the day wedding blue suit and bow tie - otherwise we might only hold black silks in our inventory and wouldn't that be a sorry state of affairs.
Below are two examples of wearing a bow tie in a manner which can be adopted as effortlessly as tying a scarf around your neck. And what it does for the wearer is provide a focal point for the eyes and it sets the tone for the entire ensemble by becoming the 'cherry on top' of the cake.
I disagree with the detractors of bow ties who say it's merely for black tie. For an Australian male on a light breezy Sunday afternoon, would you rather the weight of a heavy tie knotted twice around the neck and all that fabric pressed against the chest, or a small and light diamond point bow tie which, should you decide it gets too hot, you can fold and stow into your breast pocket at the drop of a hat?
To those men that might poo poo the day wear bow ties I say this : "you are not macho until you've tried it once and didn't like it" .
|A limited edition spots silk from Le Noeud Papillon|
|A very unusual honeycomb weave silk from Le Noeud Papillon|