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Matching A Tie To Your Occasion

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"Dress to impress" is the mantra I live by, uttered by the famous comedian-turn-talkshow host Steve Harvey. If you've watched his show by the name Moniker, you'll notice that he is always dressed to the nines - I'm sure he has a wardrobe assistant to pick his clothing out for him but nonetheless, he is the epitome of "gentlemen dressing" in my humble opinion.

Wearing a suit speaks a powerful statement, and how one wears it can either make or break people's first impression of you as an individual. Some think that choosing a suit is simple - pick out matching jacket and pants, throw on a shirt and a tie, and I'm good to go. Good start, but that's not all there is to it. There is so much more to this branch of men's fashion, so much more to elaborate on that if I were to go into detail, this article would probably end up as a thesis paper. Take note though, I do not claim to be authoritative on this subject matter, but merely a topic of interest I choose to indulge myself with in my spare time

Men in suits and ties

*Wink wink, this could probably be a series of articles* Let me first list down all the things I could've talked about:

  1. Jacket
  2. Pants
  3. Shirts
  4. Socks and Shoes
  5. Accessories (Neckties, belts, cufflinks, tie-clips, pocket squares, watches, bracelets, rings, eyewear, and essential carry-ons)
  6. Hairstyles
  7. Etiquette and events

There're probably a lot more to add to the list but off the top of my head, these are the key essentials that everyone should know of. Read on to find out which ties are best for some of life’s most important events.

The Necktie, or “La Cravate” in its French term, is a male accessory dating back to the early 17th century during the time of King Louis XIII when the Croatian mercenaries he hired wore a piece of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform. Since then, the necktie has undergone many changes in style and design before it became the necktie we know of in modern times.

Men's neckties

Today, we pair our neckties to different events or functions that we are attending. It speaks volume of our dress sense and purpose when we put on a specific tie. The right tie can garner mutual respect and even praise, while the wrong tie can lead to disastrous outcomes; and to put things into perspective, here are five different events and which ties I feel should go with it.

1. Interview

    Wearing a shirt and tie to an interview may not always be the right approach, and with the advent of startups and the millennial culture, you might realise that some companies do not emphasise on a strict dress code (you might even find the boss wearing jeans and a t-shirt!). My take is this - research on the company and know the position you're applying for.

    Now if you're going for an interview with a large corporate firm, throw on a crisp white shirt with a simple, solid-coloured, medium-sized tie (check out The Little Link's collection here). This look should be the default for any corporate job interview you're going for as it emphasizes professionalism and eagerness. A skinny, funky-patterned tie here would portray you as a juvenile and not exude seriousness in wanting the job.

    Solid colored men's neckties

    2. Business Meeting

    Regardless of your company's culture, whenever you head out to meet representatives from another company for a high-stakes meeting, it's important to note that YOU are representing your company. Therefore, the way you dress for it will impact the other party's first impression of you. Exuding professionalism here is of utmost importance, especially if you're in a management position (which is probably what got you into the meeting in the first place). Pair your suit with a solid or striped tie in dull/neutral colours as strong colours might be too aggressive in this case. Avoid dots and images as it might not fit the tone of the meeting; you want to keep the focus of the meeting on the subject matter and not on your tie - Check out some examples from The Little Link here.

    Men's striped neckties

    3. Casual OOTD

    Heading out in the streets with your friends or partner, this is when you'd want people to notice you. Your dressing should tell a story of your personality so don't be afraid to flaunt it. If you're throwing on a smart-casual outfit, let your tie do the talking - it should contrast your outfit but not appear too muddled. A narrow tie with patterns or images might do you well in adding flavour to your OOTD. The Little Link has a fine selection of ties for this so check it out here.

    Men's novelty casual neckties

    5. Fancy Dress Party

    Similar to your casual OOTD, but up a notch on formality. Let your dressing do the talking and don't be afraid to let your outfit be "loud", but not "boisterous". Be bold - mix-and-match your colours and patterns, maybe even wear a couple of extra accessories. Funky, skinny ties might work well on this occasion so check out some collections here.

    Men's statement skinny neckties

    5. Black-Tie event

    If you're one to attend social events, chances are you might have attended a black-tie event, which in and of itself, already tells you how to dress. There're a couple of ways to pull this off - a dinner jacket (a tuxedo), or a blazer. I prefer a little more flair to my materials for such occasions and would typically opt for suede, either in Maroon or Midnight Blue, while finishing off with a black bow-tie (if I'm wearing a tux) or a black satin tie. Check out some great examples from The Little Link here.

    Men's black tie accessories - Bow Ties

    The Little Link offers many more accessories for the picking apart from ties. The items offered are great embellishments to the gentlemen dressing and every guy should have at least one of each - you never know what situation might call for it and it’s always better to be prepared. Remember, "Dress to Impress".

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    Bowties 101 (Part 2)– Types of Bowties

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    We did a brief introduction on Bow Ties in the last post. In this post, let's learn more about the different shapes of this versatile accessory.


    Five Bow Tie Shapes You NEED to Know

    bow tie shapes


    The Butterfly

    The first shape is the Modern Butterfly also known as the thistle shape. This is the standard style that most people are familiar with. On average, it is around 2.3 inches in height and fits most face shapes. This particular style is very versatile and works for virtually every occasion. It is a great starting point for those who are just venturing into the world of bow ties and should be a staple in every man’s wardrobe.

    Pastel Bow Tie 

    Our Christine Pastel Bowtie is one funky accessory to spruce up your suits! 

    The Big Butterfly

    Next, we have the big butterfly, which has a larger and more relaxed silhouette.  It is sometimes worn for very formal events with a tuxedo. These are typically three inches or greater in height and usually portrays a slightly cheeky style.

    The Batwing

    The batwing shape, also known as a straight or slim bow tie, is the smallest in height. When untied, this style looks like a long rectangle strip with flat ends. These are typically less than two inches in height and provide a clean and modern look. It is slightly less formal than the butterfly, but is still acceptable for black tie events.


    The Diamond Point

    A shape gaining popularity is the diamond tip bow tie. Instead of having a flat end, the edges are pointed to give it diamond shape. When tied, this style has an asymmetric look and adds even more personality to the self-tie bow tie. Although very stylish, these are not often seen.

    Black Bow Tie

    The Caleb Double Bowtie with a pointed diamond edge to nail that look instantly


    The Rounded Club

    The most rare of the bunch is the rounded club bow tie. Like the name suggests, the ends are rounded instead of flat. This style is not for the shy as it is very unique.


    So Which Bow Tie Should You Choose?

     Choosing a bow tie style is more about personal taste than steadfast rules. While some styles may work better with your proportions or face shape, we recommend that you try a few and just pick the style that makes you feel the best. 

    When is a Bow Tie the Right Tie?

    Now that you’ve chosen your perfect bow tie, what’s next? We’ll go into when and how bow ties are perfect for which occasion.

    Formal Attire

    One of the most common places you’ll see a bow tie worn is at a formal event. The most well-known formal dress code is Black Tie. When attending an affair with this dress code, the standard black tuxedo must be worn with a black bow tie, preferably in satin, silk or grosgrain material. A self-tie is especially important with this outfit as a pre-tied bow tie will immediately cheapen the look of your ensemble.

    Another place you’ll see a bow tie is at a White Tie event. Also known as “full dress,” white tie is the most formal of all dress codes. As the name suggests, a white bow tie (always self tie) is absolutely necessary. This is not the time to experiment with colors, or else you’ll stick out like a sore thumb. Although not very common, it’s good to know what a white tie event entails for your outfit. 

    Semi-Formal Attire

    When attending a semi-formal affair, try experimenting with different patterns and textures in your bow tie. Play with polka dots or striped patterns in various colors. Bow ties made with velvet or tweed material add a fun, modern feel to your ensemble. Keep in mind the dress code though, as some hosts may not approve of patterns that are too crazy. You could pair your neckwear with a classic dress shirt under a nice suit with a coordinating pocket square. Prepare to be the center of attention because you’ll steal the spotlight with your awesome bow tie.

    blue bow tie

    The Kevin Bowtie is easy to wear and creates a fun loving look for the modern man.


    Casual Attire

    For casual events, we believe in wearing whatever your heart desires, even if it means breaking the “fashion rules”. Want to wear a plaid bow tie with a bright dress shirt and cardigan? Go for it! Show off your own personal style with funky patterns or bow ties made with light materials such as seersucker or linen. Choosing your ensemble is only half the battle. The best thing you can wear with your bow tie is confidence. Too often, bow ties will wear the man, instead of the other way around.


    Now that you’re educated, put your new-found knowledge to the test and wear a bow tie the next chance you get.


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    Author: Jennifer Song

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    Bowties 101 – An Introduction to Bow Ties

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    Bowties 101 guide


    You may have picked out the perfect suit, but no ensemble is complete without the right accessories. Why not take it a notch up and try on a bow tie? A man who wears a bow tie is one who is not afraid to occasionally step outside his comfort zone and try different looks. The right bow tie can transform your outfit from unimaginative to quirky and confident.


    Where Did the Bow Tie Originate?

    The bow tie has Croatian roots, dating back to the 17th century. Croatian mercenaries used neckwear, similar to scarves, called the cravat to hold the collars of their shirts together. These were rapidly adopted by the French upper class, who were known as leaders in fashion at the time. Over time, the cravat evolved into the men’s neckwear we know today: neckties and bow ties. At the turn of the century, bow ties were an essential part of formal “full-dress” attire. By the 1900s, the bow tie became a staple in men’s fashion, often worn by surgeons and academia. While bow ties fell out of everyday fashion after the Second World War, it has remained a customary part of formal attire to this day.

    bowties 101 - history

    Cravat in the early 1900s

    In recent years, the bow tie has regained some of its former popularity among fashionable men. Even women are getting in on the trend and are sometimes seen sporting men’s attire, complete with suit and bow tie. Today, you’ll find men incorporating a bow tie into outfits for a variety of events: work, cocktail parties, and casual everyday wear.


    What’s the Difference Between Self-Tie, Pre-Tied & Clip-On Bow Ties?

    Difference between types of cufflinks



    The Little Link carries both the self-tie bow tie and a variety of pre-tied bow ties; these are suitable for various occasions. Shop Bond Black Self Tie Bow Tie , Marilyn Bow Tie


    Sizing Your Bow Tie

    A bow tie is a one-size-fits-all affair. With a little trial and error, any adjustable bow tie should fit the average (or not so average) man’s neck. The neck strap on a bow tie should either have an adjustable slider or a hook and holes with pre-marked measurements. To measure your neck length, start by laying a dress shirt with the collar flat on an even surface. With a tape measure, measure in inches all the way around the collar band, starting and ending at the center collar button. This is your neck size. The average neck sizing of a bow tie is 14.5 inches to 17.5 inches. Adjust your bow tie to your neck size and tie it up to see how it feels. It should be snug but not uncomfortably tight. It may take a couple tries to achieve the perfect the fit, but once you figure it out, you’ll never have to guess again.

    How to Tie a Bow Tie

    Learning how to tie a bow tie is a rite of passage on the journey to becoming a true gentleman. Tying a bow can be difficult the first few times and takes practice to master. Follow the step by step guide below and you’re good to go!


    How to tie a bow tie 

    So Wear it loud and wear it proud, grab yourself a bowtie from our collection today.


    Author: Jennifer Song


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    Bow Tie vs Tie: Which Type Of Guy Are You?

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    Bow Tie versus Necktie

    If you believe in the adage that the only jewelry a man should wear is a watch, your options for finishing touches will be somewhat limited. Aside from everyday choices like bags and footwear and investment pieces like fine watches or cufflinks, there’s not a lot of room for play. This is why choosing the right kind of tie can make or break an outfit.

    Rules to wearing a bowtie?

    If you think you can pull it off, you probably can. I’m picturing Thom Browne. If you’re not sure though, don’t try. Don’t wear one ironically. You can’t just casually throw on a bowtie.

    Bow Tie Collection

    Clockwise: Marilyn Pastel Bow Tie, Jayden Double Bow Tie, Logan Double Bow Tie, Curtis Bow Tie and Pocket Square Set
    Shop our bowties now.

    Are you either a bow tie man or a tie man?
    Most guys go bow tie for formal. But Jared Leto, Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman — in general they’re bow tie guys. Jon Hamm is definitely a tie guy.

    Bow Tie Man or Tie Man

    Should your neckwear be determined by occasion?
    If you’re Tom Ford, you can always wear a bow tie. Also, if you’re wearing seersucker or you’re south of the Mason Dixon line, you should always wear a bow tie. During the holidays, if you show up in one, you get extra points, so do wear a bow tie to the work holiday party. They’re more festive and it’s the perfect time to bust them out.

    Forma Bow Tie with Suit

    What about the rest of your look?
    It depends on what you’re wearing. If your outfit involves velvet or has piping, you’re ok to wear a bow tie. Also, if you’re wearing a double breasted or a single-button blazer, go with a bow tie. If it’s a two or three-button blazer, go with a tie unless it’s a formal event. The rule of opposites is safe when choosing a tie. If you’re wearing a solid shirt, wear a patterned tie, and if you’re wearing a patterned shirt, go with something solid. If you wear a solid shirt and tie, go tonal with blue on blue or a black tie with a grey shirt.

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    Can you ever go wrong wearing a tie?

    Ties can pretty much be worn for every occasion. Even for black ties, you just need to make sure it works with the outfit. But don’t wear a tie to a first date. If you’re going to wear a blazer, just keep it casual. It’s like, you thought enough to wear a blazer, but you’re cool enough not to wear a tie. And never wear a colorful tie with a black shirt. It’s not a good look!

    Is the real power move to wear no tie at all?
    Tom Ford has said that he prefers an unbuttoned collar without a tie because they constrict him. Wearing your shirt unbuttoned without a tie is like it’s own accessory. Not everyone can execute it, though.

    If you want to give a special twist to your outfit, we have a pair of Corey bowtie cufflinks which will be just right!



    Author: Judy Hume

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