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What's wrong with bow ties?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Chase H, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

    Apr 17, 2012
    I disagree. Whether one sees it as a momentary fad, or a broader movement, bow ties are becoming more common and more accepted.
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  2. Makoto Chan

    Makoto Chan Senior member

    Oct 10, 2010
    Many days I feel like wearing a bow tie, but then I ask myself if I really want the attention, and wouldn't a regular tie look better anyway, and so I put it back down. I'll tell you that there's nothing wrong with bow ties, but I would recommend that if you have to ask, then you probably shouldn't wear it. You're obviously free to do whatever you want.

    Usually I see bow ties on fashionistas in their early 20's (come to think of it, that's who I was when I was wearing bow ties). There's nothing wrong with that, of course. Then there are men who pull off a bow tie with natural aplomb, and maybe you're one of them.
  3. FillW

    FillW Senior member

    Jun 25, 2012
    I was standing in line yesterday to get a sandwich and as I was getting ready to pay for it I noticed the guy behind me had on a yellow bowtie with black stripes and was wearing a black suit. He was an older guy probably in his sixties but looked good. [​IMG]
  4. landshark

    landshark Senior member

    Apr 22, 2010
    A couple of good ways to start wearing bow ties are at church on the weekend and also dinner in the evening. Also going out partying/drinking can give a good opportunity as long as you keep it to classier places where people will probably be wearing at least jackets.
  5. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

    Jan 19, 2010
    They're a fairly normal sight here in DC, even in conservative settings. I personally try to work them in somewhat regularly, same pattern and color matching rules as a long tie.
  6. BowTied

    BowTied New Member

    Aug 3, 2010
    The only thing wrong with bow ties is the "faddishness" accompanying them these days, like guys wearing ridiculously small bow ties, poorly tied, with shirts that look as if they were slept in. I'm in bow ties daily, along with nice suits, mostly three-piece. Most that I wear are either 2.5" or 2.75" wide prior to tying. I tie them perfectly, typically at the collar of a heavily starched white shirt although I throw in powder blue or pale pink or other pastels with some regularity. I also wear them on Sundays for church as well as for evenings out.

    CTLION Senior member

    Oct 11, 2013

    This is a late entry to this old discussion, but one of my reps wears a bow tie with a suit everyday and he looks sharp because he does it the right way. I own three bow ties, one of which goes with a tux. I like wearing them though I rarely do. Unfortunately they draw attention and not necessarily in the best manner. That being said, I live in Florida now so perhaps I will break them out once a month and make it a fun day. Just not a board meeting day.
  8. Shoe City Thinker

    Shoe City Thinker Senior member

    Mar 12, 2009
    Nothing as long as you can rock it. You really have to have the bookish/nerdy personality (and career) to pull it off. If my alpha male boss tried it, would be laughable. If the tax accountant in the NYC office tried it, would rock it.

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