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Which shape & fabric should a groom choose for his bow tie? 

If you are reading this you're probably feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of choosing, let alone tying your own bow tie. These days the choice of tie is all about individuality - let your personality and style of the wedding shine through.  That said, however, we thought to ask the experts from Ties.com to share their thoughts and help to point us in the right direction. 

"Confidence and sophistication -- a man in a bow tie radiates both. Unless of course he has chosen the wrong bow tie or worn a bow tie with the wrong ensemble. In that case, the bow tie renders his entire costume pagliaccio.

Such mistakes are avoidable, however, and the proposition a bow tie makes to a man is a simple one: Are you going for Bond, James Bond or Laugh, clown, laugh?"

How to Tie a Bow Tie

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The Diamond Point

Silk/ Satin & Pre-tied

"The diamond tip bow tie has pointed ends, and when tied is delightfully asymmetrical. It is one of our favorite styles."

- Ties.com

We think this is perfect for a summer garden wedding, the diamond point brings in some young & fun vibes. 

Photographer Jen Huang / Location California 

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The "Velvet" Butterfly

Velvet / Self-tied (Editor's love)

Velvet is forever fashionable and classic. Pairing a modern velvet bow tie for your formal black-tie ensemble is perfect for a luxury wedding ceremony in the winter.   

Photographer Jose Villa/ Venue Meadowood, California, US

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The Butterfly

Silk/ Satin & Self-tied

"The modern butterfly, also known as the thistle shape, is the style of bow tie with which most people are familiar. This butterfly is appropriate for virtually every occasion and is perhaps the best style to acquire first if you are beginning to experiment with bow ties. We believe that every man's tie collection should have at least one butterfly bow tie."

- Ties.com

Photographer KT Merry / Wedding venue: Greystone Mansion, California, US

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The Big Butterfly

Silk/Satin & Self-tie 

Matches with a formal tuxedo for a luxury destination wedding in the Maldives

"The big butterfly is larger and has a more relaxed silhouette than the butterfly.  It is sometimes worn with formalwear and is perhaps best-suited to fancy-dress occasions. The style is very appropriate for larger and/or taller men. Absent a suitable context, or on a smaller man, the big butterfly can look comic. It is a grandiose tie, and should, therefore, be worn grandly."

- Ties.com

Photographer KT Merry / Wedding Venue: Maalifushi by Como, Maldives

How to Tie a Bow Tie

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Grenadine Bow Tie

It is definitely something unique and stylish the unique fabric paired with a large butterfly bow tie makes this a stand out accessory. 

Photographer Greg Finck / Wedding Venue Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Paris, France  

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BATWINGS

Silk/Satin & Pre-tied

"The batwing shape, also known as a straight or slim bow tie, is the smallest in height. Untied, this style looks like a long rectangle strip with flat ends. Batwing bow ties are typically less than two inches in width. Tied well, they provide a clean, symmetrical look. Some regard it as less formal than the butterfly, but it is a classic shape and remains acceptable for black tie events. Be sure not to tie it too long, or it will look like you are wearing a propeller."

- Ties.com

Photographer Taylor&Porter / Wedding Venue: St. Giles House, South England 

How to Tie a Bow Tie

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The original article was written by Jennifer Song for Ties.com

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