Old Is Now

“What I like about the bow-tie
is that it’s both old-fashioned
and somehow clearly current.”

Alexander Olch

The Striped Sophisticate: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties Bursting With Stripey Goodness! Fabric Design by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.

Middle finger

A bow-tie can often seem
“like a middle finger
protruding from your neck.”

Tucker Carlson

The Striped Sophisticate Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties Bursting with stripey goodness! Fabric design by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.

The 95 percent

95 percent of people who wear bow-ties wear them because 95 percent of people don’t.

The Big Dots Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties, fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.

Bow-tie Briefing

“It’s only human nature to resent being told what to wear, when to wear it, what to eat–”

”Or whether you can wear a bow tie?” chimed in Justice Stevens, who rarely, if ever, wears any other neckwear on the bench.

—from an argument before the Supreme Court about whether Orthodox Jews should be exempt from the military dress code’s ban on indoor hat-wearing, New York Times, January 17, 1986.

Red White & Blue Stripes - The Patriotic Collection: 7 DIY Bow-Ties on 1 Yard of Fabric

 

Clip-on = Cop-out

People who cannot tie bow ties have no business wearing them. A clip-on bow tie is really a cop-out.

—Jack Freedman, of the mens clothier Paul Stewart

Woodgrain self-tie bow tie by J. Thomson

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Other people’s perceptions

When you wear a bow tie, you have to turn off the part of the brain that cares about other people’s perceptions.

—Jack Freedman, of the mens clothier Paul Stewart

The Big Dots Collection: 7 Cut & Sew Bow-Ties, fabric designed by J. Thomson © 2013 All rights reserved.

A bow-tie is a provocation

…no single male fashion accessory provokes as much emotion as the bow tie.

New York Times, June 26, 2005

No single male fashion accessory provokes as much emotion as the bow tie.

 

What other people think

Wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an aggressive lack of concern for what other people think.

New York Times, June 26, 2005

The Baroque Collection: Dandy

So you think you can’t tie a bow-tie?

"So, you want to wear a bow tie, but you don't want to learn how to tie it? Well I don't know what to say."

So, you want to wear a bow-tie but you don’t want to learn how to tie it? Well, I don’t know what to say.

Try this: How to tie a bow-tie.