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Bow ties go in and out of the fashion spotlight, but this year they’re getting a little extra attention from everyone. So guys, if you’re a secret fan, you don’t have to wait for a black tie or formal event to wear this accessory. Bow ties look great with jeans and khakis just as they do with a full-on tuxedo.
Bow ties are one of the fashion items that always have a fan base, no matter what the fashion gods say, but their fans are often called quirky or unique. What’s interesting is once upon a time a bow tie was what you meant when you said men’s tie, so a guy wearing a bow tie could mean either he is really into fashion…or he really isn’t.
I happen to like them. A cool bow tie never really goes out of style, but I will admit for that not everyone can pull it off. Maybe it has something to do with how the man wearing it carries himself, but most of the time, it’s the rest of his outfit.
If this is your first time adding a bow tie to your wardrobe, your first instinct might be to go with basic black for some sort of comfort or matching purpose, but it could have the completely opposite effect and you will stand out more by looking kitschy.
Because menswear is a big trend for both men and women, an option that is right on trend this fall would be a menswear-inspired patterned bow tie. One in a traditional fall color or one of this season’s hot prints like polka dots or even a floral would be perfect. You don’t have to completely avoid black, but have fun with funky prints and fabrics.
In addition to adding a little something extra to an outfit, bow ties are being worn by both men and women this year. You can go with several fabrics and sizes with this item. Bow ties can look retro or contemporary depending on the size of the tie, and it all actually works this year. For a cool retro look that goes way back, look for a smaller tie, or go back just a few decades with a larger bow tie a la ’70s or ’80s prom.
One last note for the more daring: instead of a plain white shirt, you can opt for a funky printed, denim, or chambray.