Sunday, April 13, 2014

Good Measure: Storing + Caring for Your Bow Ties

I am often asked by customers and styling clients about caring for and storing bow ties. When it comes to finding suitable storage for your bow ties, it really depends upon whether or not you wear one 5 days a week. For the occasional wearing it is best to roll or gently fold them in a box, to protect from dust and fading. Some brands, like ZR are sold in appropriate boxes for storage, if this isn't the case, you can find a nice selection of plastic, wood, and even woven storage solutions at stores like Target and The Container Store.

If you wear a bow tie 5 days a week you might want to consider investing in a stand or a sturdy display box. I like to use a stand in the studio, as it allows me to really see how the bow tie looks tied, and makes for a nice display. A stand is also the perfect place to place your bow tie the night before you are going to wear it. Setting it on a stand, or even tying it allows it to breathe, helping remove any subtle odors and animal hair.  It also allows you to see if there are any stains, or threads that need to be removed. I've used our newest designs below, from the Zelma Rose Hand Dyed Collection to illustrate how we store and display bow ties in the studio.

A collectors box is also a nice storage option for frequent wearing. Again, the bow tie can be tied, or rolled, and a beautiful box makes for a handsome display in your closet or on top of your dresser. 

When it comes to care, there are a few important things to consider. First, and this is really important, iron your bow tie before every wearing. Ironing your bow tie, no matter the material, helps to achieve the perfect knot. A warm iron, low steam, will iron out any wrinkles and help remove odors. Second, after wearing let your bow tie air out. Don't put it right back into a closed box or a crowded drawer or closet. Anything that is worn around the neck is really good at picking up odors. Whether it is hair product, sweat, or food, you want to give your bow tie a chance to breathe before putting it away. Lastly, to remove any stains, or threads, do so carefully and with a light touch. If it seems totally out of your league, then best to bring it to a dry cleaner, they will know exactly what to do. A little warm water and a very gentle sponge can work wonders, but be sure to not scrub, this will ruin any fabric. 

Let me know how you store your bow ties! And of course include your questions below.



Original photography, art direction + styling for Zelma Rose by Lisa Anderson Shaffer


  1. Where did you get your wood bow tie stands? Thanks!

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