Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Question for the Community: Bow Ties?

Photos by Salt Water New England
Some bow tie providers:






Bow ties have been praised by doctors and veterinarians for staying out of the way and not spreading germs.













41 comments:

  1. always a classic look.

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  2. Best source is R. Hanauer whose website is www.bowties.com.

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  3. Bow Ties are wonderful, there is less chance of spilling food on them.

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  4. Love them- always. They are quite popular here in the south. Always a head turner for me.

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  5. Warning: Contrary Opinion (don't get triggered!):

    Never was a fan of bow ties. Don't own one, don't wear one, don't want one.

    Aiken

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  6. Yes! And blue blazer, khaki pants, lt. blue or white OCBD shirt with bow-tie is classic!

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  7. I've always loved bow ties and feel they are making a slight comeback. Still, many see it as a rather deliberate sign of eccentricity that might not play well in some professional environments (such as my own). I remember Tucker Carlson stopped wearing bows because, he said, viewers saw it as "wearing a middle finger around my neck." I do find they look especially good on gentlemen of late middle age and beyond -- perhaps one of the perks of growing older. R. Hanauer of S.C. (bowties.com) is another great source; they have five styles from which to choose, from big floppy butterfly to straight to diamond shaped and so on.

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  8. I never wore one, I'm afraid people will think I'm a neurologist.

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  9. Yes indeed, I love my bow ties. Maybe not for everyone, but I think I look distinguished in them. The best place to buy bow ties is from the Bow Tie Club: https://www.bowtieclub.com/

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  10. I pretty much wear bow ties exclusively. I get a number of them from Brooks Brothers, but also HIGHLY recommend Mill City Fineries (https://millcityfineries.com/) and The Bow Tie Shoppe (https://thebowtieshoppe.com/). Both of these manufacturers create small batch and one of a kind bow ties, which means, you aren't wearing the same tie hundreds of others are wearing.

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  11. I like others in bow ties, just not me.

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  12. I enjoy them very much in theory, but as I'm in my 30s, I find that there are a few issues. These thoughts exclude evening wear, I'm referring to daywear.

    If you're younger, you'll likely be thought of as a hipster, that you're wearing it ironically, or at the very least, looking for someone to comment on it. I enjoy my privacy, and prefer not to draw any undue attention to myself. I don't particularly enjoy receiving random unsolicited comments on my clothes, even if they are intended to be complementary. I'd rather my clothes not be so freighted, and instead blend into the background. In fact, this is precisely why I favor a traditional look in the first place. I find this very tough to accomplish while wearing a bow tie.

    Much like hats, and I think cordovan, I've concluded that they might work best on an older man. This didn't used to be the case of course, but it's similar to how one rarely sees a young man truly pull off a dress hat - instead, one more often gets the sense of tremendous underlying effort to get there. It's this similarity, in fact, that worries me bow ties may be inching perilously close to costume - a man who regularly favors bow ties can quickly become the "bow tie guy".

    I fully look forward to enjoying the item carefree later in life, but I find the 30's to be a sartorial time where one is at once too old and too young for the some of the peacocky items.

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  13. Bowties look phantastic in the context of a black tie outfit but very few people manage to wear them in other surroundings without looking clownish. Unfortunately I am not one of them.

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  14. My youngest son loves them, my oldest, not so much. I think it's a very personal choice.

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  15. Only if your name is "John Houseman" http://tinyurl.com/y9rngruj

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  16. Not a fan of bow ties, but especially not a fan of when men wear a bow tie with just a shirt. It's tacky and makes them look like clowns

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  17. My grandson (7 years old at the time) wore one to his aunt's wedding and looked great. It gets a little tricky for adult men to pull off wearing a bow tie and not look a bit eccentric, but maybe that's their goal. My husband prefers ties.

    slf

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  18. I grew up in a lower middle class community, so for me the SWNE aesthetic is more aspirational than familiar. Over the years I've learned to feel comfortable with - and appreciate - the SWNE/prep style. But bow ties are just a bridge too far. That's too bad, because they are fantastic. Colorful cheerful, and unique in a good way. But I just can't do it.

    My kids love them though. They have to wear blue blazers and ties to school several times per year, and bow ties are pretty popular among their peers. My eldest can even tie a bow tie - he learned how to do it by watching YouTube videos. So if the younger generation is a harbinger of things to come, it looks like there is going to be a resurgence in bow ties.

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  19. Classic style is for all socioeconomic classes!

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  20. I've been a bow tie convert for the last 4 or 5 years.

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  21. I love a man in a bow tie!

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  22. I just started wearing bow ties about six years ago when Brooks Brothers came out with a line by Social Primer. These were all “reversible” meaning you could twist them, and have two different halves showing at once. Really jazzy. And the colorful silk fabrics were splendid – not the boring patterns I’d seen up till then. Social Primer is gone now, but I have a good collection, and a few others from Collared Greens.

    I must confess I didn’t know how to tie a bow tie (all my tux ones were always pre-tied), so I went on YouTube for an education. A half hour of maddening trial and error, and I was an expert. I do still wear my regular ties too, but now and then, putting on a bow tie does break the monotony.

    Interesting bow tie fact: out of the millions of criminal mug-shots on police files, not a single man is wearing a bow tie. None. Nobody. So I guess if you’re thinking about sticking up a local gas station, you might consider one.


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  23. Why is that little boy being examined by a veterinarian?

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  24. Here is a timely question: Has any American president delivered a State of the Union address wearing a bow tie? Who?

    Aiken

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    1. That's got to be one of the best questions I've seen on SWNE !

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  25. Bow ties for formal events - absolute. Not all can carry the bow tie in a tweedy environment, but I admire those who do. There's some sass there and it is appreciated. For those who do not chose this route, you can still be a refined and attractive gentlemen in a classic strip or knit tie. Nothing charms a women more than a classic gentleman. Ladies, please weigh in!

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  26. I flipped when I saw this. I love men in bowties! (Especially cute guys.) Alas, it's such a rare treat. But my brother and my nephew wear them occasionally (usually to church).

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  27. You have to be able to carry it off, and want to. More stylish than the tie. The young lady gazing at the gentleman next to her in a bow tie says it all.

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  28. I'm not a fan. I think they look okay on younger guys but older men typically look pretentious. Take a cue from Tucker Carlson, men......

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    1. I've never looked at an older gent wearing a bow tie and thought 'pretentious'. I usually think interesting, educated, quirky, stylish.

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    2. Uh...Tucker Carlson wore his bow ties as a younger guy. And he was slammed for looking "pretentious" for exactly that reason.

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  29. Instant cachet, but I can see where it might be too much for some. Keezers used to be the stop for son and dad every few years, but it looks like they've closed!

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  30. Wear them every week, on average two of the five days in the work week, and often on Sunday to Church. I'm 56 and have been wearing them for 40 years. Love bow ties, classic, clean, with a dash of individualism. Churchill, George Will, Buckley, Arthur Schlesinger, Pat Moynihan and Harry Truman. I'll gladly copy sartorial examples from that group.

    The Concord Diaspora

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  31. So lovely! Though I can't say I have ever seen one in real life here in England. The tie, yes, but even that is becoming rare. Even our GP's and teachers are opened collared these days. Come on chaps! Pull up your socks and put on a bow-tie. Pretty please.

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  32. They seem a little costume-y, trying too hard, on most people. My 2 cents

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  33. I qualify as an "older gent" and wear them about half the time, especially when traveling - easy to pack. But I've been wearing them since college. Other good sources: O'Connell's www.oconnellsclothing.com. J. Press www.jpressonline.com Brooks Brothers www.brooksbrothers.com Carrot and Gibbs www.carrotandgibbs.com

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  34. Proof I own too many bow ties - I forgot to add another great source, Ben Silver in Charleston, SC. www.bensilver.com.

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  35. Can't forget Beau Ties Ltd in Middlebury, VT. Bow ties don't work for everyone, but I do enjoy wearing them.

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