I've been thinking about bow ties a lot recently (and have just bought my first one), and when talking to people the phrase 'one of the few people who could pull it off' comes up a lot...
Do you think a bow tie is something only a select few can wear successfully? I probably thought so until I started thinking about it...but why would it be different than a long tie? Surely it's more about how it is worn and what it is worn with that matters. You wouldn't think twice about whether or not you could pull off a long necktie, would you?
I'm interested to know why I feel aprehensive about wearing one, maybe it's just fear of the new/unknown, I don't know. The last time I wore a bow tie was in 1994. I was six. It was lavender. *shudder* hahah
I was surprised this morning to find that bowties have now gone mainstream here in the U.S. I was shopping at Penney's and ran into a very prominent display of bowties. Penney's is about as mainstream as they come in terms of department stores. The ties were priced at $30 which is about the usual rate and they were of decent quality.
I just received an e-mail from a niece of mine...their 16 year old is interested in wearing self-tie bow ties. I'm calling him later this afternoon and offering to send him one of mine and then teach him (long distance) how to enter the world of bow tie confidence.
Very true, I just picked a buck up from penny's a few weeks ago, they are also at carson's. I got my first few at H&M last winter. I wear them to work and my customers think they are really cool . The ladies really like them!
This has been said many times by now, but I agree that anyone can wear a bow tie if they wear it with confidence, I have been wearing my bow ties regularly for almost a year now, I have gotten many compliments over the time, been asked many times to tie it (to provie I can), and I have even gotten four or five friends to start wearing their own bow ties. Its a classic, anyone who has the respect for you and your style, will respect your bow tie.
Over the holidays I attend a moderately-sized conference where the dress was a mix of casual and semi-formal. I was pleasantly surprised one day to discover that one of the younger men was sporting a bow tie. Shortly after that several others were wearing theirs. I think the first fellow had to break the ice for the others. They were all younger, which is quite encouraging. Some wore them with sport jackets and others did not.
Any thoughts on a good style of bow tie to start with? Solid colors, or patterned? I go to school at KSU and was browsing through amazon the other day on a whim and came across this tie: http://www.amazon.com/100%25-Woven-Violet-Plaid-Self-Tie/dp/B002OSI...
I thought the purple, white and black colors would compliment my schools colors nicely. Thoughts or comments welcome.
I like the amazon.com tie. And, it seems rather inexpensive. When I started wearing self-tie bow ties, I bought a black formal bow tie to begin with. I could wear it with my tuxedo for music performances and recitals. My next tie was a navy blue with a gray accent. This tie was given to me by the friend who taught me how to tie a bow tie. Afterwards, I got the rest of my ties on e-bay. Lots of different colors and styles. I love the way a bow tie can add a "splash" of color which exudes a bit of confidence, professionalism, and personal style.
I agree, it's not something you see everyday and I like to be set a part from the crowd. Thanks for the advice!
I remember being in Charleston SC several years ago and was pleasantly surprised at how many men wore self-tie bow ties. There were shops all around selling bow ties. I commented to one owner of such a shop about how nice it was to see so many great bow ties around. He replied to me in a wonderful southern, gentleman's accent, "Sir, this IS South Carolina, we expect men to be cultured and refined."
Exactly, well said if I say so myself.
For my initial bow ties I would definitely go with solid colors.
As has been said in other ways, a bow tie is all about attitude. You have to wear the tie, and not let the tie wear you. My brother thinks they are silly, but no garment he owns has had as many people stop him to say how cool it is. Once you realize that by default you look awesome, it gets even better than before.