Type of event – If the wedding you are attending is formal or a black tie affair; keep it classic with a black bow tie. A white bow tie will elevate your look even more. If the big day is casual, go a little colorful and have fun with your bow tie.
Fabric is important – cotton or linen are perfect for a causal wedding, while silk or wool are better suited for a more formal event!
Color pairing – Here are a few quick reminders when it comes to pairing your shirt with a bow tie.
- Your shirt color should be lighter than the bow tie for best contrast, except for when wearing a navy blue or black undershirt.
- The background color of your bow tie should NOT be the same as your shirt! Contrast with a primary color. Patterned bow ties pair well with solid colored shirts and suits.
- Try sticking to colors that a complementary, split complementary or analogous.
• Complementary: a blue shirt paired with a yellow bow tie.
• Split complementary: a red shirt paired with a yellow bow tie.
• Analogous: a green shirt paired with a yellow or yellow-green bow tie.
Remember that a bow tie can be great conversation piece! Have fun and don’t be afraid to make a statement by showing off your style with a bow tie.