Dressing the part: how to tie a bow tie

Are you heading to a black-tie event in London this summer? Maybe you've been invitedto an elegant summer ball or charity event? Or perhaps this year you'regoing to Black Tie White Lie, an irreverent mass soiree at the very centre of Waterloo Bridge, where attendees, dressed top to toe in black-tie garb, cavort the streets nearby to live music? If so, with seven  central London  hotels conveniently located in some of the city's  plushest  postcodes, we're in a prime spot to offer you easy access to any black-tie event you may be attending in the capital this summer.

Of course, for any black-tie event you are required to wear a black-tie, or bow-tie as traditional etiquette permits. A good bow tie is to men what the perfect dress is to women. Look towards the entertainment industry and the bow tie, although it might look like a humble strip of cloth, it is a character in itself. Many of the greatest figures from both film and history owe their successes to their small yet significant collar counterparts.

James Bond couldn't have possibly saved the world and delighted so many international women without his signature bow tie intact. Agatha Christie's sophisticated 'who-dunnit' creation, Hercule Poirot, is famed for only two things: measured super sleuthing and his bow tie. It was partly Don Corleone's menacing voice that made everyone fear him in The Godfather but it was also his bow tie, sitting on his collar like a scorpion's sting.

Winston Churchill's polka dot bow tie was the perfect accomplice to his feisty politics and tough talking. And who can forget Charlie Chaplin's signature suit piece? The silent star used his bow tie to conjure images of wealth despite portraying himself as a glorified urchin. Finally, Abraham Lincoln's iconic portraits just would not be the same without his large and brisk bow tie.

If you're planning to rock a bow tie during British Summer Time then use our handy 'how-to' guide below. It might look a little fiddlier than your standard tie but when the occasion demands it, suit up!


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