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Necktie or Bowtie: 4 Tips on How to Choose

BY Buffalo Jackson Insight
BY Amanda Uher

Every man needs a good necktie or bowtie in his wardrobe. But how do you choose between the two? Here are four tips to help you decide:

1. Consider your style.

Rather than starting with fashion “rules,” begin with your personal style and preference in mind. Typically, neckties are a more subdued choice. They don’t necessarily stand out or call attention to themselves. On the other hand, bowties can indicate either a more formal occasion or a unique sense of style.

2. Know how to tie it.

Whether you prefer a necktie or bowtie, you need to learn how to tie it properly. Yes, you can find bow ties that are pre-tied or clip-on but do not go that route. Just don’t do it. If you’re the kind of guy who can rock a bow tie, then you’re the kind of guy who can learn to tie a bow tie.

3. View it as an accessory.

Remember, your necktie or bow tie is an accessory or an accent to your overall outfit. This means you can’t choose a necktie or bowtie very well until you’ve chosen what else you’re wearing. Tuxedo? Suit? Slacks and sport coat? Khakis and dress shirt? Be sure the style and pattern of your neckwear complement the overall look you’re trying to achieve.

4. Quality counts.

The quality of your neckwear affects the way it looks. So, whether you’re wearing a necktie or bowtie, cheaper versions will tend to wrinkle and look rumpled -- which negatively impacts your look, regardless of what else you’re wearing. In addition to looking at patterns and colors, pay attention to material quality. A well-made bow tie or necktie will continue looking good even with frequent use.

Whichever your style, choose a quality tie and wear it as you mean it. And be sure to check out Buffalo Jackson’s collection of neckwear for the rugged gentleman.


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