April showers, both Mother Nature’s and the kind with petit fours and punch, mark the beginning of wedding season. Odds are, if you aren’t making it to the altar yourself, you’ll be witnessing at least a few “I do”s this spring. We’ve picked five Southern-made bow ties to help the wedding party and guests alike adopt a dapper look for going to the chapel.
1. Fox & Brie | Austin, TX
Charcoal Chambray Bow Tie, $45
Chambray is a must this season. Don’t be intimidated by its trendy reputation. Pairing it with a classic tan suit makes it easy for anyone to pull off.
2. High Cotton | Raleigh, NC
Camden Madras Bow Tie, $50
Get a bold look with a madras bow tie. This pink, yellow and orange look from High Cotton makes a statement and pairs well with a solid shirt and suit.
3. The Cordial Churchman
| Rockhill, SC
Paddington Linen Bow Tie, $29
A simple stripe never goes out of style, and is a foolproof way to get a polished look. You can also dress up jeans by adding a bow tie, like this green and yellow stripe one, to your ensemble. Bonus: Serious bow tie enthusiasts should check out The Cordial Churchman’s Bow Tie of the Month Society, which sends members a custom bow tie in the mail every month.
4. Otis James | Nashville, TN
Plum and White Gingham Seersucker Bow Tie, $90
We are such suckers for seersucker, and gingham too, for that matter. Get the best of both worlds with this plum and white cotton seersucker bow tie by Otis James.
5. Southern Proper
| Atlanta, GA
Cotton Pickin’ Beau, $60
For a sure fire conversation starter try a playful printed bow tie like this one bespotted with oh-so-Southern cotton bolls
How to Tie This Knot
Every Southern gentleman should know how to tie a bow tie. While it may look tricky, all it takes is the right instruction and a little practice. Watch our Editor-In-Chief Lindsay Bierman show you how to master the technique. For a more portable version (great for handing out to groomsmen for those of you planning nuptials), click here to download a step-by-step guide courtesy of Southern Proper.
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