The chances are that your diary holds more party invitations than usual for this month and next. Now that we’ve put the more extreme costumes of Halloween behind us, there’s Bonfire Night and all manner of Christmas events to dress for. With work, family and social occasions to look forward to, you’ll want to look your best. With a bit of planning and perhaps a small step outside your comfort zone, you could make this your most stylish festive season yet.

The different events you’re heading to may have different sartorial rules or expectations, but it’s still possible to find variation within those constraints. Remember that there’s always a way to make it work for you so that you feel true to yourself and have a great time. For example, a black tie dress code might call for the eternal dinner jacket and bow tie combination, but there are ways to vary it. Pair our bold classic Zarazz tie in black with a satin-lapelled jacket for a razor-sharp look, or dial the formality back a touch and team a sleek shawl-collared jacket with a slim Pascal Dino tie in white for the ultimate in laid-back style. For more relaxed events, keep the dinner jacket but pair it with a fine polo-neck knit and slim trousers for effortless cool.

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You may also want to think about who you will be attending various events with, or who might see you there. Making the effort to plan what you’re going to wear not only ensures you will look and feel good but also pays a compliment to your fellow party-goers – you’re telling them you value their opinion and notice what they’re wearing too. It’s to be expected that you will give investment pieces like a suit or jacket more than one outing, but you can signal your interest in style by making subtle adjustments or substitutions to your outfits. Accessories are a great way of doing that.

It’s not hard to find style inspiration at the moment, especially if you venture out to the city centre or shopping mall – the shops are full of ideas for seasonal party wear. To inject a subtle dose of colour and texture, consider a jacket in dark green or plum velvet and keep everything else black, bow tie included. While you can buy bow ties in the shops, on closer inspection you’ll see that most are not really proper bow ties at all but are made from a strip of fabric stitch across fixed wings. For a step up in quality, you need one of Bow Tie By Design’s hand-made true bow ties, made by hand-tying a bow tie. The difference in design and expertise shows in the overall effect of your final look.

Whatever type of party you’re dressing for this winter, you can add your own stamp of style and class. A combination of investment dressing and seasonal updates is the key to ensuring you always look good, no matter what the occasion. Of course you’ll leave an impression on the people you meet with your sparkling conversation and dazzling smile, but the icing on the cake will be how good you look and feel. Now that’s worth raising a glass to!


After the long sunny days of summer, autumn is finally here. This change in the seasons and weather offers a great opportunity to make a fresh start, especially in your wardrobe. There’s no need to rush out and replace everything; with a bit of thought and a few new additions, your autumn style for work or play can be transformed into something season-appropriate and as individual as you are. Fast fashion has its place, but so too does quality and long-lasting style.

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It’s time to think about layers, textures and perhaps a change in colour palette. Dressing for autumn in the UK requires a flexible approach – the weather is fickle, and you need to dress accordingly if you want to continue looking and feeling good all day. Think fine knits, rich jewel colours and warm tweeds. Tweed never goes out of fashion, but it’s big news this year as everyone wises up to its benefits. It comes in an array of colours, patterns and textures and provides distinctive style with the ability to keep out the autumn chill. If you’re not sure about making the leap to a tweed jacket or suit, how about a waistcoat to start you off? In a heritage check or more muted pattern, you’ll be sure to find something to complement your existing shirts, sweaters and jackets, smart or casual. And nothing sets off a tweed waistcoat like a bow tie.

Using a bow tie as a focal point really helps to pull your look together, whether you’ve still got your jacket and sweater on or you’re down to your shirtsleeves. If you’re not sure where to start, perhaps try the subtle Pascal Dino bow tie in white against a checked shirt for a fresh yet understated look. For something a little bolder, the Matilda Flynn bow tie in black looks super stylish worn with a plain shirt and herringbone blazer. Whether you’re trying to keep it casual or looking for a more formal outfit, a hand-made bow tie is the answer.

To take it to the next step, take a look at our bespoke service. Tailor a shape just for you or match your bow tie to another garment for a unique look. The thought you put into what you wear will impress everyone you meet, and don’t you think you deserve a bit of luxury in your life? A hand-made bow tie is just the thing to show your innate style and appreciation of quality.

And don’t think this is just one for the boys – there are plenty of ways to incorporate a bow tie into women’s fashion. Bold checks are all over the fashion pages this season and work really well with a pussy bow blouse or a more masculine shirt and bow tie. Blake Lively looked stunning on the red carpet earlier this year in a blazer dress and bright bow tie. And the bow tie is even making a comeback as a hair accessory, so there’s no excuse not to get on board.

Don’t be afraid – take the plunge and try something new. Resist wearing the same old thing each time you meet your friends or have a work meeting. It’ll give you a fresh injection of confidence and garner compliments. Put your best autumn style foot forward!


The summer holidays are with us and as ever, summer months bring plenty of social opportunities where you can choose a style to suit the event, but also make a personal fashion statement. The bow tie is the ideal outfit accompaniment to achieve a unique look, whether you are going for an informal look complementing smart jeans and a crisp shirt, or going for the more formal look in a sharp suit.

black bow tiesBow ties are great for summer styles, as they have a natural funkiness that can lift an otherwise straight forward outfit and can go with a jacketless look easily, so you can pull off a really cool look in short shirt sleeves and stay cool, literally.

So what kind of events can really rock with a bow tie? We have regular customers who pretty much wear our ties for all occasions, from everyday to going out. Most however, are buying a bow tie for a certain special event, such as a prom, a wedding or to wear to a more formal event. We even have customers regularly wearing for festivals and rock concerts!

What we do know at BTBD, is that the trend for wearing bow ties is increasing, and that’s globally. But the difference these days is that wearers are demanding higher quality and real luxury, that’s exactly what we are striving to provide.

Purchasers of our range of hand made bow ties have given us feedback that they would never go back to a cheap mass produced tie again after experiencing our ties, sure, cheap bow ties do the job on a basic level, but what’s the point in paying for a quality shirt, shoes and possibly a suit or jacket and then skimping on the bow tie?

With a BTBD bow tie, you can tell the difference as soon as you receive and open our luxurious packaging, you can see the quality of our bow ties a mile away, and the best bit, everyone else around you will aswell. So we believe if you are thinking of buying a bow tie, it’s worth going for the best.

With proper care, your BTBD bow tie will last you a lifetime. Worth the investment and who knows, it might be the start of a collection for you!