In the past ten years, the bow tie has been seemingly picking up speed as one of the most fashionable and sophisticated items in any mans wardrobe. This fun little fashion accessory dates back to Croatia in the early 17th century where mercenaries would use neck wears that somehow resembled scarves to bind the collars of their shirts. These little pieces of fabric were known as cravats, and in no time, highly influential and fashion forward Upper Class French citizens took up the trend. Over the course of time, the cravat became shaped and molded into what we now know and see as the everyday necktie or bow tie. In the early 1900s, the bow tie was a vital part of being “fully dressed”; though, as the 1900s progressed this slowly changed and the bow tie went out of style. Following World War II the bow tie seemed to have gone nearly extinct. Flash forward to today, and the bow tie has made its glorious return.
Bow ties come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and of course patterns. Each bow tie can be as unique as the person it bestows, but at the end of the day there are three main types: the self-tie, the pre-tie, and the clip on. The self-tie is the most common and sophisticated option for every modern gentleman. Not sure how to tie one? Here is a great tutorial: http://bit.ly/ 1MXoWCL Once you learn you will never forget. The pre-tie is a good option for nights when you don’t want to tie one yourself, or are needing to do a quick change. As for the clip on— this is a commonly used option for young children and infants, for the little metal clasp allows for easy take on and take off.
Now the only question is, what bow tie will you wear today? Happy #NationalBowTieDay!