White Bow Ties

White Bow Ties

Across time, white has always been rampant in art and culture. This is because in the natural world, white is EVERYWHERE! White is the color of clouds on a sunny day. It’s the color of a newly born lamb, the swan, the ice that caps grand mountains. Because of its persistent presence in human history, it has developed such attributes as purity, simplicity, minimalism, cleanliness, spirituality, etc. Light overcomes dark in both traditional storytelling and contemporary films. People with near-death experiences have even spoken of approaching a great white light. White clothing is easy to manufacture, and most textiles are naturally white until dyed with another color. With this rich history, a white bow tie is the culmination of fashion and the natural world–wearing white is a nod to timelessness. It’s clear that white will never be out of style.

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Unlike black, which actually isn’t a color, white really is a color–a supercolor, if you will. White is the result of the entire range of color available to human perception. If you’re as savvy as we think you are, you probably already know that white comes in a variety of shades. There’s eggshell white, which as the name suggests, is comprised of the murky white of chicken eggs. There’s also pearl, which besides being a naturally formed inside an oyster shell, is a champagne-like color. A pearly white bow tie pairs well with pretty much anything besides yellow, since yellow and white are both super light and tend to blend into one another. As a person who wants to make a statement, you want to avoid hiding your white bow tie in the midst of another color. Similarly, you’ll want to avoid wearing white on white–the only exception is if you’re asked to wear white in a wedding, in which case you want to make sure the white shades perfectly align. If you wear a white bow tie with a subtly different colored dress shirt, whichever shade is darker will end up looking dirty.

To help alleviate the effects of bold colors like admiral or navy blue, pair them with a white bow tie–the white will help soothe the eye as it sweeps across the shirt or sweater. Similarly, a white bow tie will help temper rich hues like indigo or blood red. Since such colors are so flashy and powerful, white brings a hint of reprieve to what could otherwise be an overwhelming outfit. Finally, how could we forget the most classic and traditional pairing: black with white! Opposites attract, and a white bow tie will highlight the formality of a black shirt.