For evening wear you can see them often, in everyday life, it has become rare: The loop, or also called bow tie, has unfortunately been displaced by the tie. Withal, the small binder is a great eye-catcher, the loop stands for individuality and exquisite taste.
Bow Tie or loop?
The experts argue and the laymen are surprised about the difference between the terms bow tie and loop. It is certain though, that the word bow tie is used more commonly and that is why we will stick to the expression loop.
Bind yourself or have it bound?
Most loops are delivered already pre-tied, with hooks on the strap that will help you to regulate the neck width. Yet experts bind themselves – if it’s about the tie, the gentleman will also dismiss the tie on an elastic band. Absolutely perfect will only be the custom made loop bound according to your neck and taste. ‘Off the shelf’ you buy loops according to your shirt size. But also versions that come with a hook to adjust the loop to your neck come into question.
Shapes and colours
The variety of shapes is limited to the width (usually between 5 to 7 cm) and the shape of the ends. They are either straight cut or are tapered. In return, there are almost no limits when it comes to colours and materials. Here applies the same as for ties: silk should be preferred over viscose or synthetic. For special effects, cotton or wool can be used, but the less smooth material may be a little more difficult to bind.
On festive occasions the loop almost always show. But here fixed rules apply: For tuxedos you should wear a black loop, for tailcoats a white one. During everyday business, you have more freedom, whereas employers from very conservative sectors will prefer ties on their employees. As a loop-beginner, do not choose the most glaring variant, instead try to feel your way. Because suddenly you received much attention will: With a loop you will attract attention.
To bind your loop
You are convinced, you want to bind yourself but you don’t know how? The bond looks more complicated than it really is: It corresponds to an ordinary shoe lace-knot, where you only need to be careful not to twist the straps. You are better off not to try your first test-bond in front of the mirror. Instead, tie the loop around your thigh, or something with the diameter of your neck.