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The Four Types Of Formal Bow Ties

March 21st, 2017

Black tie bow tie choices for any style or personality

Classic black tie attire requires classic neckwear – a black bow tie. But not all bow ties are the same. There are a range of options to suit any type of face, style or personality. Here are the four styles of formal bow ties.

1. Butterfly


| BOW TIE | by Turnbull & Asser

The Butterfly (or Big Butterfly) bow tie makes a statement with its size. And, as such, it is not for everyone. The size of your bow tie should be in proportion to your face. If your face is narrow, the Big Butterfly probably isn’t your best choice.

Best For: Wider faces and statement makers.

2. Semi-Butterfly


| BOW TIE | by Barney’s New York

The Semi-Butterfly is the most classic and conservative option. It is flattering on pretty much everyone. Look for one with a 2-2.5″ width.

Best For: Everyone, style classicists and conservatives.

3. Straight End


| BOW TIE | by Brooks Brothers

The Straight-End has a cool factor that is hard to put a finger on. It is a classic option, but somehow looks modern and sleek. In a sea of Butterflies and Semi-Butterflies, the Straight End will stand out.

Best For: Narrower faces and non-traditionalists.

4. Pointed


| BOW TIE | by Polo Ralph Lauren

The Pointed (or Diamond Point) is the dandiest bow tie of the bunch. This is the one James Bond sports at the beginning of Dr. No. The wearer of the Pointed bow tie must have the personality to match. If that’s you, this is going to be your favorite option.

Best For: Dandies, big personalities, narrower faces.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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