An Introductory Guide To Bow Tie | How To Wear It Guide

When you wear a bow tie, doors open for you. Your posture is a little more erect and your shoulders are a little further back; your style is a little more dynamic. It’s about the reestablishment of the gentleman – Dhani Jones

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The bow tie is the most classic of all ties. It easily stands out when worn properly, gives one a formal and elegant appearance whether it’s worn to the office or for a black-tie occasion such as wedding or cocktail party.

To its devotees, the bow tie hints at intellectualism, whether real or feigned and sometimes suggests technical acumen, perhaps because it is so hard to tie. They are usually worn by politicians, magicians, doctors, architects, lawyers and professors and by people hoping to look like the above. But perhaps most of all, wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an aggressive lack of concern for what other people think about you.

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Justin Timberlake once said, “A gentleman can never have too many bow ties”.

Think about it for a moment, here are some iconic Bow Tie wearers…

First is Mr. Bond, James Bond, the very first bow-tied gentleman on the list. Bond have worn different styles over the decades usually with his tuxedo or dinner suit. This combination always sets him apart as a stylish suave bow-tied gentleman. No wonder ladies are always attracted to him.

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Roger Moore as James Bond

Karl Marx was also one of the many notable people of the 19th century who was photographed in bow ties, which were the conventional attire of the time.

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Karl Marx

Winston Churchill was often photographed wearing a polka dot type.

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Winston Churchill

Others include – Charlie Chaplin, the renowned comic actor, Manolo Blahnik, the shoe designer who sports a “signature bow tie”; Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States; Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, former Nigerian Minister of Agriculture – a man known for his bow tie and mustache.

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Charlie Chaplin

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Manolo Blanick

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Abraham Lincoln

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Louis Farrahkan

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Akinwumi Adesina


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The image below shows the most common styles of bow ties.
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A lot of gentlemen have adopted the bow tie as their signature look, and friends, family, and colleagues have come to identify them with that type of tie. So you might want to join the league of exquisite gentlemen – adopt this tie style.

Some people would say – if you don’t know how to tie a bow tie, you should buy the pre-tied bow ties to save time. However, I think any gentleman who has decided to adopt the bow tie look as his signature look must first learn and master the art of tying a bow tie. So below is a video on How to Tie a Bow Tie by HowCast. Watch, Learn and Practice.

How to Tie a Bow Tie | Men’s Fashion

The skill required to tie a bow tie is essentially the same as that of tying your shoes, it’s as simple as that.



Bow tie wearing can be a notable characteristic of an individual. I hope that by reading this post, you’ve been inspired to join the league of extraordinary bow-tied gentlemen.

Do you love wearing bow ties? Have you already adopted it as your signature style? Please share your experience wearing it, do leave a reply below as I’d love to hear from you. For any comments, contributions or inquiries, you may use the Contact Form.

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Kobi O. Mbagwu (Mr. Kobi)
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Mr. Kobi

I am Mr. Kobi, a professional style consultant, menswear blogger & entrepreneur who uses fashion to change people’s lives. My personal goal is to help gentlemen dress better, live well, do well and develop a unique personal style that matches with their lifestyle and goals. I believe that success can be built through style. I believe that fashion is a tool that can be used to change people’s lives positively. I strongly believe that if you dress well, you look good, and if you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you worry less, and the less you worry the more you are able to stay motivated and focused in your goals pursuit and by so doing you are able to live a more fulfilling and successful life.