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Posted on Apr 10, 2014 in Bow Ties, Bowties, Uncategorized |

Why Choose a Bow Tie?

The short, and not antagonistic, answer is ‘why not?’. These days anyone wearing a neck tie is asked ‘Why wear a tie?’. Again, not to be antagonistic or grumpy, someone once said that a man should never have to apologize for wearing a tie. Specifically, you choose a bow tie if you want to be in the category of men who know they don’t have to wear a tie, but want to anyway, and want to be doubly unconventional.


What statement does it make, and how does it alter an ensemble?

Most people who rarely or never choose a bow tie say, “I just don’t think I’m the type of guy who can pull it off.” The funny thing is, I’ve never heard anyone say, about a man with a bow tie on, “Some people can pull it off, but he can’t.” I think putting on a bow tie demonstrates a playful, defiant sort of confidence—if it’s worn both playfully and confidently.

A bow tie alters an ensemble by making it say “I’m here.” It seems to draw attention to the face–something about the amount of shirt that shows from the top button of the jacket to the bow tie knot. A neck tie says that an ensemble is complete (assuming you have a pocket square); a bow tie says an ensemble is has been put together by a person who is now in the room.


Who are bow ties for? What does it take to pull off the look?

It simply takes playfulness, confidence, and defiance of convention. There’s no “bow tie type”; there are only men who wear bow ties.


What should someone take into account when incorporating bow ties into their wardrobe? Does it change the style of shirt, cut of jacket, etc. to incorporate them properly?

Don’t overlook the blue blazer. Make sure it fits well, and that it’s on the tight side of the fit. The last thing you want is to look frumpy with a bow tie. The bow tie is unconventional enough. Use the conventional-ness of the blue blazer (and the khakis and gray worsted trousers and the solid white and blue oxford) to frame the bow tie. It will keep you from looking like a clown.

Finally, I think young people ought to give serious consideration to the notion that a bow tie and a pair of jeans aren’t enemies.


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Posted on Apr 2, 2014 in Bow Ties, Bowties, Uncategorized |

The Cordial Churchman Spring Line

At The Cordial Churchman, we love the changing of seasons.  It draws from us, a sense of nostalgia for the lovely memories of seasons past.  It turns out, we especially love Spring.  With it, come the familiar senses of blossoming wildflowers, the kiss of light upon our pale skin, and of course, a fresh line from  The Cordial Churchman!




Since our Spring collection reveal, we’ve launched a more rapid sewing pace in the studio; adding to our fun, we do enjoy working with the brilliant fabrics from Liberty of London.  There are rich linens, plaids, chambrays and florals waiting to be worn.  So come check out the brilliant pieces we have to add to (or start) your collection.


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Posted on Mar 25, 2014 in Bow Tie Tuesday, Bow Ties, Bowties, Guy Style Favorites, Pocket Squares, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Outfit of the Day!

This look is the perfect introduction to the Spring season!  Its cornerstone piece is the stunning bow tie, made by none other than The Cordial Churchman.

As a compliment in color, this brilliant coral and navy gingham dress shirt contrasts the chartreuse bow tie quite well.

 Now, we move the eye from the gingham base through a multilayered front, featuring a subtle cashmere vest beneath a tweed jacket with leather accents.

Finally, by way of parallel, a navy gingham pocket square draws us back to the coral gingham dress shirt for a cohesive design.


Bow tie: The Cordial Churchman

Dress shirt:  J Crew

Waistcoat:  thrift

Jacket:  thrift

Pocket square:  The Cordial Churchman

Watch:  TimeX

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Posted on Jun 1, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Fathers Day Sale!

Fathers Day is June 16

Give your dad a Bow Tie!

Get a pocket square for free with the purchase of 2 bow ties* from The Cordial Churchman.

Offer good June 1-4

Use discount code FATHER2013

*Free pocket square offer good with purchase of either two adult bow ties or one adult bow tie and one child’s bow tie.

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