The great debate!
The quick answer – it’s all about preference, but consider the following when making your decision:
– Showcase your mad bow-tie-making skills (or opt for a slick, pre-tied version – we won’t tell anyone).
Additionally, there are other factors that go into selecting a long tie or bow tie. Just a little brief history on ties and what they are meant for.
One of the biggest elements of formal wear is the stark contrast between dark and light. When wearing a bow tie the V element of the shirt against suit/tux with donning a tie is very striking. This V element creates the look of a thin waist and broad shoulder. The bow tie is an important piece in this illusion because it draws your eye under the jawline and to the face.
Wearing a long tie does the opposite. It draws your eye vertically towards the navel. Long ties are traditionally worn with suits only. Think back to later decades, suits and ties were the standard unless you were a blue collar worker. Dressing up required a more elevated approach, tuxedos and bowties became the standard for formalwear.
Understanding that formalwear is just that, formal, meaning to preserve a tradition or form; not reinventing it. Black tie formalwear is the gold standard for tuxedos.
Keep in mind you can be unique and carry over your personal style with your formalwear choices.
If you are wearing a pleated shirt, you will want to wear a bow tie. Pleated shirts are very formal and usually require studs. Wearing studs, you’ll want to show them off and a long tie will cover the shirt studs.
Bow ties are a bit bolder in a suit. If you are considering pairing a bow tie with a suit, keep in mind you might stand out a little in a crowd. Ties ultimately communicate a lot of information about the wearer, it’s really a reflection of style and personality.
The good news? Generation Tux offers a free home try-on. You can select any style of tie, so if you’re wanting to try something different, the home try-on is the perfect opportunity to find your right look and try new things.