The bow tie consists of a staple, symmetrical and small, terminating, like the tie, the shirt collar.
Depending on how to tie a bow tie,it can be of two types:
- The traditional type, consists of a shaped strip which is linked with the node, completely analogous to the node of the shoes. Normally the tape has a system that allows to adjust the length of the garment to adapt to different dimensions of the neck without altering the shape and size of the node.
- The type assembled with sewing, in a brooch version or collar, is an adaptation of the traditional, less loved by many devotees of the object, which can also be adjustable in length.
It can be made of different materials: silk, cotton, wool or other - but there are also many bow tie geometric patterns.
In black and white versions it is worn with outfits that always denote maximum elegance: black bow tie is in fact wearing a tuxedo, while white bow tie goes along with the frac.
According to a US website dedicated to bow ties for men, these accessories have a unique charm, being "extremely interesting, just like people who wear them".
In fact, numerous are the curiosities that come around these allies of well dressing, especially in recent times, as they’re are coming back into fashion among the young who claim that "bow ties are cool". This is also evidenced by the numerous tutorials on how to make a bow tie that can be seen here and there on the Net.
Some less-known curiosities related to current fashion of bow ties
- Look the perfectly symmetrical? No thanks! Fashion experts recommend to wear slightly asymmetric bow ties, preferably knotted "soft" (but not wimpy!).
- Boom in sales. The bow ties demand is growing year by year: in the US, for example, these accessories have nearly doubled their market share from 4% to 7%.
- Minimum fabric, maximum results. To make a bow tie men's standard sizes requires about 90 centimeters in silk. Many less than 140 cm necessary for a tie!
- "Historic" Design. For almost a century and a half bow ties maintain a style fairly stable over time: in fact, date back to 1870, the last significant adjustments that led to this day model.
- Papillon prohibited. In 2007 the province of Gilan, in northwestern Iran, officially banned some clothing deemed "inappropriate" to wear, including bow ties. The reason? Too Western.
Fortunately, in our country to wear a bow tie it is not only permitted by law, but not really pose a problem from a practical point of view, because of the technical facility to perform the knot.