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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Great Gentlemen Wear Great Bow Ties

It's very elementary, dear friends. A gentleman wears a bow tie. It is a perfect men's fashion accessory---timeless, elegant and classic. One must think Cary Grant. He was always dressed in a solid black self-tie bowtie for those formal movie scenes and red carpet events. Just like great taste- great bow ties can be acquired.

The bow tie is usually available in three different styles--the self-tie bow, the pre-tied banded bow, and the clip-on bow. Most of them are made in fabrics of polyester, silk, cotton, and sometimes even in satin or wool. Bow ties are usually made in solid colors, but there are also stripes, plaids, and so on. Winston Churchill was famous for putting on a blue bow tie with white polka dots. There are also logo bow ties. For instance, Playboy Enterprises had a signature bow tie with the bunny (rabbit) as its corporate icon.

A lot of men are intimidated by the self-tie bow tie, and are unsure how a perfect knot is achieved. However, tie experts can't figure what all the fuss is about, because a bow tie is tied using a regular shoelace knot. In other words, if one can tie ones shoes, then one can tie great bow ties. If one is still feeling all thumbs, there are a number of online videos that demonstrate tying a bow tie step-by-step.

The bow tie has been around for ages. It actually came to be in the 17th Century, during the Prussian Wars. Croatian freedom fighters wore bright scarves to distinguish the officer from the enlisted man. The French who were joined with the Croats in battle, liked the look and later adopted the neck adornment as their own.

In the United States, bow ties became most popular through the 1940s and 1950s. One often associates this fashion accessory for professors or conservative employees, but the bow tie today, is welcome in all corners of the world for all occasions. One does not have to be a stuffy aristocrat or tax lawyer to look sophisticated.

Great bow ties have made a great comeback and are available at many online shopping sites. Famous celebrities like David Beckham, Harry Styles, Robert Pattinson, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Zac Efron, and Justin Timberlake, are just a few young gentlemen photographed recently in a handsome bow tie at various public events.

The band ZZ Top probably summed it up best in their old hit Sharp Dressed Man:

"Clean shirt, new shoes
And I don't know where I am goin' to
Silk suit, black tie
I don't need a reason why

They come runnin' just as fast as they can
'Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man."


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