Women: How to Wear a Bow Tie

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” –Coco Chanel

I’ve never been a traditional girly-girl. During childhood holidays my mother would force me into pink chiffon & ruffles, praying I would stay presentable for family pictures. Even now I wear shorts under my dresses, knowing at any moment I might find the perfect climbing tree. But that may be less of an androgyny thing & more of an unwillingness to grow up & stay clean. So, back to the topic at hand: boys have great clothes. Luckily, it’s much easier for a woman to wear suspenders & wingtips than it is for a man to sport a skirt. Let’s all give a cheer for this one instance of the double standard!

From ultra-masculine to confidently feminine, there are so many ways for women to wear ties & bow ties.


Try a loosely-fitted ascot bow with shorts or a cute skirt for a sweet, feminine look. Pair with a peter pan collar or sailor shirt for an added vintage flair.

Large Ascot Bow Tie

Large, floppy ascot bows can be very feminine, offering a ladylike appeal to beginning bow wearers.


For a classic look, pair a tiny bow tie with shorts & a blazer. Neutral & muted colors give this look a prep-school vibe, while a pop of color takes it out of the classroom. Pair with wedges for added femininity.

via Balzac

A slightly larger version on the men’s bow tie can also lend a more feminine flair. This couple is absolutely adorable!


Paired with a black hat & red dress, this classic black bow tie adds interest & sophistication to an already-beautiful vintage outfit.

via Tycoon

Reminiscent of old Hollywood bathing beauties, this high-waisted gingham short + sleeveless tie top + bow tie combo is perfect for summer.


Audrey Hepburn

Old Hollywood was filled with women who weren’t afraid to take chances–in fashion & in life.

We’re premiering a new line of women’s ascot & tulip ties later this week! Like Fox & Brie on Facebook for updates & coupons.

7 Comments on “Women: How to Wear a Bow Tie”

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