The skinny batwing bow tie is not one which ordinarily garners much attention. In my own experience it is a rare occurrence that we are asked to make one other than for a black tie event. Yet the slim or skinny batwing as it is commonly referred to, which ranges from 3 to 4.5cm in width, is synonymous with some of the most influential men of the 20th Century.
In many instances this shape of bow tie is best suited to men with a particular height and stature, both of which are polar opposites. The narrow oblong wing is best suited to men who are tall and slender but at the same time they also very much suited to short men, rotund or slim, as they look well proportioned to their size. Larger shapes of bow ties are more ubiquitous and sell more frequently because they tend to suit more shapes of faces, head sizes and torsos but that doesn't necessarily make them better bow ties.
There is something 'less is more' about this, the minimalist of bow ties, coupled with the fact that they are so easily tied and can be stretched out to make a long or short bow depending on how you choose to tie it.
With the wedding season approaching in Australia, perhaps it's time to take a fresh look at the slim batwing because apart from stepping out from the pack, you are also stepping into a world occupied by some of the more interesting characters of yesteryear.
|Charlie Chaplin, left, wearing a skinny batwing, Albert Einstein, right, wearing a mid batwing|
|A young Charlie Chaplin wearing a skinny batwing polka dot|
|Australian actor Chris Hemsworth wearing a Le Noeud Papillon skinny batwing|
|Sean Connery as James Bond wearing a skinny batwing in Dr. No|
|Founder of Bauhaus architecture, Walter Gropius, wearing a skinny batwing bow tie.|
|Playwright Arthur Miller with then wife Marilyn Monroe|
|Bill Masters, Sex Scientist|