Anyone have opinions on them or what do you think if you see a guy sporting one?
Bow ties can work, but only in very special circumstances. Do you know the Kevin Kline movie In and Out
, where his teacher character wearing a bow tie formed part of his nerdy-gay image?
I have some novelty bow ties, like for Valentine's Day, and of course black bow ties for formal wear. I only own self-ties, would never consider wearing a pre-tied.
Furthermore, I don't have adjustable ties, because the visible buckle on a formal stand-up wing collar looks incredibly tacky to me, like a rental. All my bow ties are custom made to my exact collar size. And the knot isn't very difficult to make, the same knot used on your shoelaces, you just have to keep the material flat and balanced, the way you form the knot a little different.
Here's the company I use. They keep my size on file, I just tell them what fabric I want and they send the tie out. Whether you purchase from them or not, gives you some ideas on your pattern options. And their prices are actually quite reasonable, no more than many stores charge for an adjustable tie not half as nice.http://www.beautiesltd.com
Here's a tie I got from them, at a New Year's Eve party, 2006, age 57. Please forgive my looking a bit tipsy, it's near midnight and I'm feeling the champagne.