We’ve recently launched our own brand of men’s accessories, which includes bow ties in both the butterfly, as well as the diamond shapes. If you’re a bow tie aficionado, you’d definitely be aware of the difference between the two shapes and most likely, also have your preference towards one or the other. In this post, we compare the two bow tie shapes, also looking at the face shapes they suit best.
The butterfly shape
This is the shape most bow ties on the market, especially pre-tied, come in. Consequently, it is what is often considered as the ‘standard’ bow tie shape, with anything else being merely ‘unusual’.
Therefore, a butterfly-shaped bow tie makes for a safe choice, ideal for the man, who is just starting out with wearing bow ties, or one who doesn’t want to make a bold statement. Consider it as the ‘classic’ of bow tie shapes, fitting in perfectly with a timeless look, though of course, bolder colours and designs can still give a bow tie a distinctly modern look.
In addition to style, consider also how well or not, a bow tie shape compliments one’s face shape. Butterfly-shaped bow ties should be the preferred choice for men with square-shaped faces, although these also suit men with oval or rectangular faces.
The diamond shape
Although far less popular than the butterfly shape, it is nonetheless gaining popularity, especially among men, who already own a decent bow tie collection, and who are after a less ‘mainstream’ option. Of course, being the less conventional among the two shapes, it takes some confidence to pull it off.
Compared to the butterfly shape, diamond-shaped bow ties are less symmetrical, resulting in a more playful look. It’s really what we love most about this shape, in that it reflects the fun and the quirky elements associated with wearing a bow tie. Consequently, it makes a great choice for those occasions that allow more freedom to be that bit more adventurous with one’s style, which, if wearing a bow tie in the first place, is often the case.
In addition, in as far as face shapes are concerned, diamond-shaped bow ties make the best option for men with round or triangular faces and also suit oval and rectangular faces.
So which one will it be, the butterfly or the diamond shape?