Bow Ties for Big Necks

Bow Ties for Big Necks

Bow Tie Sizing

Bow Tie Sizing

Recently, a reader sent me an e-mail. He was having difficulty tying his bow ties. The reason is that his neck size is 18 inches. That’s bigger than most necks.

He asked me for advice on tying bow ties. As I was reading his questions, I was beginning to wonder which tutorials that I could point him to. Perhaps I could do a Skype session with him. However, those thoughts were premature.

The real issue was not his tying technique, it was the sizing options available to him. I have yet to come across a self-tie bow tie that wasn’t adjustable. Most of mine provide sizes ranging from 13 3/4 inches or so to 18 inches. All of the ties I have and have seen provide the ability to adjust the bow tie’s size in a similar fashion to what’s pictured here. Sometimes the lengths are marked while other times they’re not. When the lengths aren’t provided, I will pull out another tie that’s properly sized and use that to measure the tie against.

My neck size falls within the ranges provided by most makers, and I haven’t experienced a need to seek out ties larger than what’s normally provided. Thus, I reached out to my friends — the companies and artisans whose products I’ve done reviews for, and they all got back to me. There are two things that I learned when it comes bow ties for big necks.

First, when it comes to the larger retailers, check the options that they provide. In many cases, they will allow one to choose a pattern and then select the tie’s type (Batwing, Butterfly, and Diamond Point). Further, they may offer different sizing ranges. So, look out for those.

Second, when it comes to the artisans who sell their neckwear on sites like Etsy, they told me that if someone sent them a message, they’re more than willing to accommodate the needs of individual buyers. Since they typically work by themselves or in small groups, they have plenty of flexibility since they’re their own bosses and don’t have complex systems that are made to work a specific way. Thus, they’re nimble and able to respond to needs on a case by case basis.

It is important to note that even the large retailers also told me that they’re willing to work with an individual buyer with needs that they don’t typically address. So, go ahead and find their contact information and reach out to them if you need something specific that they don’t already address.

To sum things up, if you have a big neck, don’t settle for ill-fitting ties. Reach to out a retailer or artisan, and they should work with you.