3 Tips for Wearing a Bow Tie (+ a Giveaway!)

Brides: if your groom is wearing a bow tie for your wedding (or thinking about it), don’t miss this post! Today we’re sharing three tips for wearing a bow tie so he can rock one in style. We’re also sharing inspiration, showing you how to tie a bow tie, and we’re giving away a bow tie and suspenders set to one lucky reader from Element Boutique! It’s all inside…

3 Tips for Wearing a Bow Tie (photo: paige and blake green photography)

bow tie and suspenders: element boutique, photo: paige and blake green photography

Tips for Wearing a Bow Tie

1. Wear a bow tie only if the style suits you.

Don’t wear a bow tie just because it’s “in” or a trend; wear one if it actually suits your style (and you feel comfortable wearing one).

2. Pick a color that coordinates with your palette.

If you’re not into a bright or poppy pattern, pick a solid bow tie for your wedding. A black bow tie paired with a white button down shirt and suit is a classic look that’s always in style.

black bow ties (photo: brumley and wells)

photo: brumley & wells via style me pretty

Also, don’t let the bow tie be a distraction: if you’re wearing a suit jacket or button down shirt that has a bold pattern, go neutral on the bow tie. Likewise, if your attire is more subtle, select a more striking bow tie. If you’re selecting bow ties for groomsmen, coordinate their ties with the bridesmaid dresses.

3. Learn how to tie it before the ceremony.

Practice tying the bow tie before the big day. Here’s a handy guide to help:

how to tie a bow tie

via blog landerette via jared purrington

Bow Tie Inspiration

Tips for Wearing a Bow Tie (photo: anne marie photography)

photo: anne marie photography via style me pretty

Orange Bow Ties (photo: jophoto)

photo: jophoto

groom wearing bow tie and suspenders (photo: emily g photography)

photo: emily g photography via 100 layer cake

In this example, the groom stood out by wearing a necktie, while the groomsmen wore bow ties.

3 Tips for Wearing a Bow Tie

via blue rose

Giveaway: Win a Bow Tie and Suspenders Set!

Now it’s your chance to win a bow tie and suspenders set! One lucky reader will win a set of bow tie and adjustable suspenders of his or her choice.

3 Tips for Wearing a Bow Tie (photo: paige and blake green photography)

bow tie and suspenders: element boutique, photo: paige and blake green photography

See the full details below:

o Enter between 3/26-4/1/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: bow tie and suspenders in any color or size by Element Boutique
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 4/2; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included to the U.S. only
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $60 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

win a bow tie and suspenders set

element boutique

Good luck!

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  • Brittany

    I really hope I have a shot at this! Love the seafoam green one!

  • Brittany

    I love the seafoam! It’s perfect for my colors! Really have my fingers crossed for this!

  • K.H.

    I like the Vintage Floral Design

  • Brittany

    I would choose the seafoam!

  • Monica

    I am thinking something simple, maybe black or grey. Thanks!

  • jessica tarallo

    Of course, to go along with my previous post- if I had to choose out of these colors listed here I would defintitely say the Orange one would be the nicest for my handsome groom! <3 (love ALL of them on the etsy site too!)

  • jessica tarallo

    I would LOVE the “Gentleman’s Bow Tie & Adjustable Suspenders- Vintage Floral Design” for my 3 year old nephew to wear as our ring bearer in our October wedding. I’ve been looking for something to fit in with our garden theme and I just love love love this one. I think it would be the absolute cutest in orange (our wedding color) :)

  • K.H.

    I love the blue! and the Navy Gingham Design

  • Wendy

    I’d pick the orange. I love a good vibrant pop color.

  • Justyne M

    i like the Crochet Wooden Balls Mobile, home decor, nursery, choose your color- 100% cotton- made to order

  • Justyne M

    i like the Mint Cable Knitted Headband, Fashion Accessory- Jeweled Ear Warmer

  • Kaylene

    I’d go for the orange set. Very cool.

  • Justyne M

    i love the Men’s/ Boy’s Set- Bow Tie & Adjustable Suspenders- Choose your style and size-Gray/Yellow Design