5 Reasons to Wear Bow Ties
Some of you may already be embracing this unique fashion accessory - for those of you behind the curve, I give you 5 reasons to get out there and get yourself a bow tie.
1 – a History of bloodshed – the concept of securing your neck with a piece of fabric is believed to originate from Croatian mercenaries around the 17th century. As word and culture spread, these neck ties developed into what we might consider a modern-day ascot. So when you walk around town sporting your favorite bow tie, let naysayers know you neck accessory hearkens back to the days of the brutal Prussian wars.
Croatian Mercenary with early bow tie/ascot
2 – No body type required – The structure and uniqueness of the bow tie gives lots of room to the wearer. The attention grabbing nature of the bow tie draws the eyes toward the neck and face. Unlike standard straight ties which can affect the wearer’s body appearance, bow ties sit high and mighty, like a crown upon your collar bone.
3 – A history to embrace or reform – The rich tradition of bow ties in the South stems from the immigration of 18th century French style – New Orleans and Charleston businessmen were emulating their French business partners. The image of a proper Southern gentlemen, bow tie clad, is one you, the modern bow tie wearer, could embrace; a nod to Dandy culture. Or you can take the bow tie as your own – a queer individual ironically reclaiming a symbol of Southern aristocracy.
Charles Baudelaire, 19th century French Poet, Dandy, bow tie wearer
4 – Proof of your manual dexterity – One of the challenges associated with sporting a bow tie is the knowledge to tie one. Of course a simple internet search can show you the process step by step, but once you hit the bar, no one has to know that. “Nice bow tie” someone might say, and you wouldn’t respond “Yea, it took me about 45 minutes to figure out.” Play it cool. And as VCU Ass. Professor of Fashion Design and Merchandising Holly Price says, “A true bow tie wearer ties his own bow tie.”
How to tie a bow tie
5 – Clashing is encouraged – Price says “What makes the bow tie special is it makes the wearer unique.” The moment you strap one on, you are making a statement about who you are and what you stand for. ”If you are wearing the bow tie properly, even clashing stripes and polka-dots, you are doing it right and consciously.” So wear conflicting patterns, get outrageous with your prints, most importantly, no matter what you do, own it.
Price did have a few additional points for those interested in getting into bow ties. The urge to shop online for your first bow tie could lead to disaster - make sure you understand your neck size and the length of tie you’ll need before jumping into deeper waters. Prices on bow ties can get high – much like straight ties, it usually comes down to fabric and stitch quality – but it can be worth the investment once you become comfortable with the statement you are trying to make.
Do you agree with my bow tie ideology? Or am I slapping current trends in the face? Let us know in the comments below!
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