Pros and Cons of bowties

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  1. bowtielover

    bowtielover Senior member

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    I was hoping to get input from both sides of the spectrum, form the bowtie wearers I want to know why you choose to wear them. What aspects of the bowtie intrest you and how you knew the bowtie was for you. For the non wearers I want to know at least three reasons why you find bowties unessescarry for personal use besides the to hard to tie excuse it is old and over done and remember rome wasn't built in a day and if you have never even tried wearing one before all I can say is don't knock it till you try it.
     


  2. Krawczak

    Krawczak Well-Known Member

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    I love bowties, but I won't wear them without a waistcoat or sweatervest. I'm 6'3", so it would be way too much blank shirt otherwise. I wear them because I like the way they look, and I'm not afraid to borrow from "outdated" modes of dress if I find them aesthetically pleasing.

    For the non wearers I want to know at least three reasons why you find bowties unessescarry for personal use besides the to hard to tie excuse it is old and over done and remember rome wasn't built in a day and if you have never even tried wearing one before all I can say is don't knock it till you try it.

    I'm usually not nitpicky, but DAMN that's some sentence.
     


  3. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I like bowties for evening, and for day wear on days when I need to keep my tie out of the soup.
     


  4. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Bow ties are best worn out of the blue, when they least expect it.
     


  5. flylot74

    flylot74 Senior member

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    I find bow ties to be festive. I find at my age I carry them well with sport jackets and a fedora. Suits will ordinarily get a long tie, and I feel a bit more conservative in my persona. Funny, I'm starting to dress how I feel, and interesting phenomena.
     


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    I wear bowties exclusively for black tie events (or white tie if I was ever invited to such a formal event). I find them costumey and attention-seeking for regular business attire
     


  7. coolpapa

    coolpapa Senior member

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    I wear bowties exclusively for black tie events (or white tie if I was ever invited to such a formal event). I find them costumey and attention-seeking for regular business attire

    +1 I can't take anyone seriously who wears them. Men who wear them are either politicians, professors, or people in television news. In my experience, none of those people live in the real world. The connection may be spurious, but one can never be sure.
     


  8. The False Prophet

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    I agree with the waistcoat remark above. When bowties were common as daywear, waistcoats were basically compulsory. This corrected the problem of the vast expanse of shirt front that is otherwise visible.

    Were I going to wear one, I'd probably want to wear a covered placket shirt - that said, this would possibly look a little too much like I was wearing some kind of pseudo-black tie.
     


  9. LabelKing

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    +1 I can't take anyone seriously who wears them. Men who wear them are either politicians, professors, or people in television news. In my experience, none of those people live in the real world. The connection may be spurious, but one can never be sure.

    I don't know what this "real world" is supposed to be, but I think bow ties are perfectly acceptable pieces of neckwear for regular use.
     


  10. Brian278

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    I wear bowties exclusively for black tie events (or white tie if I was ever invited to such a formal event). I find them costumey and attention-seeking for regular business attire

    +1

    They have their place, and it is not most business environments.
     


  11. Hoya Saxa

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    +1 I can't take anyone seriously who wears them. Men who wear them are either politicians, professors, or people in television news. In my experience, none of those people live in the real world. The connection may be spurious, but one can never be sure.

    You left out the most well-known category of bow tie wearers -- clowns.


    Gotta say, like coolpapa ... I find them to be costumey and affected. But that's just me.

    Hoya
     


  12. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    They should definitely only be worn with a double breasted jacket or a waistcoat and I agree that they are not for business wear. But then, little that's fun to wear is.

    Now I'm headed out to hang with a group of politicians, professors, and people in television news.
     


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    +1 I can't take anyone seriously who wears them. Men who wear them are either politicians, professors, or people in television news. In my experience, none of those people live in the real world. The connection may be spurious, but one can never be sure.

    I can't take anyone seriously who chooses names like "Cool Papa Boze" and doesn't consider any facet of life that is not his own "the real world." But maybe that's just me.


    They have their place, and it is not most business environments.


    I'll agree with you on that one. I don't own any bow ties, but if I did (and I wouldn't mind owning them), they wouldn't be businesswear for me.
     


  14. tiecollector

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    In this world there are bowtielovers and bowtiehaters. Once I can figure out how to tie one in the morning without making me late, I'll start wearing them.
     


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    Only wear them to semi-formal or formal events.

    How does one wear both bowties and neckties? Wouldn't that look a bit weird?
     


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