There are many different materials used in bow ties. Originally in formal wear the bow tie was black satin, or silk. However in the 21st century there are a huge numbers of different materials to choose from. It can be a daunting process trying to find the right bow tie for you. I will run through a few different material types, and give you their characteristics.
Velvet – This is becoming a material more commonly used in ‘black tie’ dress. Velvet soaks up light giving the tie a very solid look. Dark velvet ties pair off very nicely with a light shirt.
Silk/satin – This is the classic material used in ‘black tie’ dress. Many tuxedo dinner jacket lapels are made from silk so these pair nicely together. If you have well polished shoes it can add to the effect also.
Linen – Linen is a material used for warm and cold weather occasions. Linen suits are commonly worn to summer, winter or autumn weddings and ceremonies and having the same tie material works nicely. The casual effect of the linen clashes well with the formal effect of a bow tie.
Wool – Not seen as often as others this is the opposite of linen in terms of heat. More commonly seen in the winter this rich material won’t keep you warmer, but it does give off that effect. Ain pairs well with suit made of the same material.
Denim – Many die hard bow tie enthusiasts would scoff at the thought of a denim bow tie. However I quite like it, it has a similar effect to linen in terms of the clash of formal and in-formal
There are many other materials used in bow ties, these are just a few of the more popular types. Every day people are trying out new materials to see what they look like. We suggest you to try LINEN material ties because Linen is organic, biodegradable, recyclable and scores high on the ecological chart.