Morning Gentlemen!

So, I've been wearing the bow tie. I really dig it. One thing I've noticed is a little bit of fraying on the tops of the bow. My only guess is that it's caused by my coarse facial hair (along with my fat neck). I've worn them cleanly shaven and not so cleanly shaven and I still notice frays. Along with losing some lbs, is there any recommendations to cleaning them up? Is this normal?


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I have the same problem.  I have no words of wisdom.

Same here. I have to assume it's caused by the afternoon stubble on my neck and like you said, my neck spilling over my collar. I don't know the answer. For important occations I have carefully "shaved" the edge of the tie, but you can only do tht so many times before you wear it out. Other than that all I can think of is to wear the tie all four ways (assuming it's not reversible) to spread out the damage. (kind of like rotating your tires) I'm curious to know if more expensive ties do this too. Hopefully someone will chime in here with a miracle cure.............

Yes the stubble will cause them to fray mine to fray as well. It is more the the short hair or when you first shave because of the exposed skin. the fibers of the silk get caught on them and pull them loose causing it to fray. There is no perminate solution however I find that if I keep my face shaved pretty well and use a facial lotion to keep the skin nice and smooth it does not seem to happen as bad. also for the ties that are already frayed you can take small scissors and nip the ends off to keep it from fraying anymore then what it already have. 

My mom makes and sells bow ties so I asked her.  She said one of her customers told her that his beard is hard on his bow ties and that the cotton bow ties he buys from her do not fray like the silk ones he has. 

Hmm. It's about the time of year to break out the cottons and linens, so I'll remember to notice. I know I've had it happen to silk ties and wool ties.

Ooops!  If forgot to include her webstie:

I am late to this discussion, but It appears that a solution is at hand.  Silk is not a durable fabric and I never wear silk bow ties.  Cotton is better, but lacks the lovely sheen of silk.  At the risk of sounding like an utter boor, I much prefer polyester.  My mother made all of my early bow ties.  Some were pure polyester and other were blends.  None of them have frayed - after over thirty years now.  That is my recommendation, for what it is worth.

Polyester is ot that great a fabric for bowties though, or perhaps it depends on the quality of them. I have had a few before and found that they do not tie as well but they might not have been as expertly made as the ones your mother made you were. 

Yes, I agree.  A lot of polyester is unsuited for bow ties.  As with silk, there is a range a variation in the material, so one ought to take care in selecting the tie.

Happens to me as well. Take a lighter (not the turbo ones, like a bic or zippo type) and flame them off quickly. Don't hold the lighter still, keep it moving and only do what is needed to make the tiny threads go away. A quick pass or two along the edge should to it.

MOST of my bowties have frayed tops and I imagine that is because they aren't the best quality. I trim it a tad with scissors when it becomes obvious 


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