What is the appropriate shirt collar to wear with a bow tie - spread, point, or button down? Also, would the bow tie benefit from a three piece suit in fall and winter or should I opt for buttoning the third button on my suits and odd jackets?
The look of a bow tie works best with less visible shirt, so choose double breasted jackets, vested suits, or three button jackets that roll to the top button, buttoned or not.
You can be more flexible with your choice of collars as only the cutaway and the tab collar are inappropriate. Wear a collar that complements the shape of your face. Personally, I like a spread collar like the man in the illustration.