Thursday, December 9, 2010
Though they come in different widths, there are two basic bow tie shapes, the batwing, usually the same as the straight tie, and the butterfly (also called the thistle). And there are two different ends, the straight end and the diamond point. Either shape can carry either end, like the straight-ended butterfly in the first photo.
here) and I like that look. It is usually cut straight, but not always. Note the gentle curve to the underside of the diamond pointed bat wing in the photograph.
I should mention that occasionally one also sees single ended bow ties, in which one end is straight and one butterflied. I am not aware of a single reason these should exist, save to save the maker a few pennies worth of silk, as they are a royal pain to tie, requiring as they do that the butterflied end be in front of the knotted tie when all is done. Statistically that outcome would seem to have a 50-50 chance but the reality is that when one is running late for a curtain the likelihood approaches certainty that it will be tied backwards.
And those are, I believe, the shapes of the bow tie.