Bow Tie Review: Bow Tie Club Excelsior
I bought my first from The Bow Tie Club. I’d not worn one yet. I went with the Excelsior. It arrived. It’s pretty. The red is bold, and I’ve been wearing it with my more muted shirts. My favorite pairing is with a white with grey check. This makes the luscious red pop quite a bit. I like the pop. The florets are distinctly made. Although small, each of the petals is its own and doesn’t blur into the stigma. It’s a nice detail.
But instead of my usual butterfly, I ordered the diamond tip. And I don’t like it. Maybe it’s the mellon-like shape of my head. I think the tie’s points direct the eyes away from my body. It says, “Don’t look at Howard! Look over there, no…the other side.”
One reason I decided to wear bow ties is that I’d lost weight, and I think they look good on taller guys on the thin side. I’m not so tall (6’0”) nor exceptionally thin (34” waist) but for 45, that’s not so bad, and I think the bow tie fit my physique well. My original concern was that going with the bow over the long tie would make me look squat. As I wrote in an earlier post, they showed just the opposite. Wear a bow tie seems to make me look taller – except for the diamond point. There’s something about those two little angles that alters the perception of my body in an unflattering way.
I do have two quibbles with the Excelsior. The first is that the tie is just a touch wide for me. I feel it brushing against my jaw more than most of my ties. This is countered by the fact that it is also one of the softest ties I have. I can barely feel it between my fingers. It’s pleasant throughout the day to simply feel it with my finger tips. This, however, has a drawback. I find it slightly harder to tie and I wish the tie had a bit more bulk – one, to make it easier to tie and, two, it doesn’t seem to hold stiff as I’d like. Maybe a bit more interfacing? Maybe a thicker fabric?
But as I said – these are quibbles. The red of the fabric, the softness of the materials, the more ‘laid back’ feel of the construction would make it the perfect tie for a romantic evening. Soon, I’ll be taking my bride to dinner at Orchids. It’s a great restaurant with a good barman in a great art deco space at the Netherland Plaza hotel in Cincinnati. This is the tie I’ll be wearing.