Black Bow Ties

Black Bow Ties

A black bow tie is a staple accessory in any stylish person’s wardrobe. Black is classy–ever heard of a black tie affair? And it doesn’t have to be as depressing as Amy Winehouse croons in “Back to Black.” We turn to black when we want to get classy for an evening downtown. When you’re preparing to attend a wedding, you won’t offend anyone with a black bow tie. A black bow tie is a completely appropriate and conservative choice for an interview, but it’s also a safe bet when you’re meeting the parents for the first time. You probably shouldn’t wear any other color of bow tie to a funeral or a court case. Talk about adaptable! Black doesn’t automatically make you look too formal, though. You can pair your black bow tie with mellow shades of yellow, blue, green, purple, or even orange on a casual date or a night in with your buddies.

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What’s so cool about black is that it’s actually not really a color, scientifically speaking. By definition, color is a reflection of different wavelengths of light. Since black absorbs rather than reflects, your black bow tie actually stabilizes bright colors, which are usually pretty difficult to complement. Nobody is going to think twice if you don a black bow tie along with something as bright as fiery red, and it might even make that fiery red feel tempered. Usually when we talk about how colors interact with each other, we base our design choices in respect to their warmness or coolness. Since black isn’t really a color, it suits warm AND cool colors, making it incredibly versatile. A black bow tie will also add some nuance to neutral colors like tan and gray.

Now, let’s tackle the age-old question that has plagued fashion critics and style-oriented folk across the decades: Can you wear brown with black? Most people will automatically grimace at this question, their eyes widening at such a perverse inquiry. Well, take it from me and the rest of us here at Fly Guy Bow Tie: it’s 2016, baby, and you can TOTALLY wear black with brown–as long as you exercise some precautions. Avoid pairing a black bow tie with a dark brown button up–it’ll look like you have a grease stain at your neckline, simply because the black won’t have enough contrast against the brown. A light brown shirt in a camel or tortilla shade will allow the black bow tie to assert its presence without muddying its effect.