Bow Ties - A New AD for Me

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Bow Ties - A New AD for Me

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I have always been taken by proper bow ties for a long time --- moreso since loosing all this weight, and no longer having a large-ish middle section to display, I had one gifted to me by a friend, which my wife wasn't keen on but I wore anyway. I find it a labour of love and a joy to tie it.

This week, while I was away in Edmonton, my wife purchased a lovely dark red striped bow tie for me at Marshall's. It's lovely and ties like nothing flat. Apologies for the poor quality of the photo -- taken with my front-facing camera on my SII. Doesn't allow for a good angle when you are shooting yourself by hand.

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Now I am addicted, and must buy more bow ties ...... gonna have to have a look myself at Marshalls later this week or next.

I have just under 40 regular ties -- 85% of which are striped ---- I find it hard to find a good non-striped tie that I like. I will be going through them and thinning them out a bit to make room for a half a dozen or so bow ties for my collection.

I just can't help myself.
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I know what you mean, Wendell. I have been wanting a bow tie for a long time. So, during Brooks Brothers Summer Clearance sale at Labor Day I bought one. It is a blue and red repp and I love it. My wife didn't like it at first, but I think she is warming up to it. I am on the look out for one in fall colors.
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I'll be hitting BB later this month when my wife and I are back in Maine for our annual anniversary week.

Bow ties -- love 'em, absolutely love 'em.
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Can't say that bow ties have ever grabbed me. Many, many years ago I tried them, but I just couldn't abide how they looked on me. My father, on the other hand, was a real bow tie aficionado; he wore one as frequently as he wore a regular tie. Bow ties look great on and really suit some men, but I'm not one of them.
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bow ties are the b.e.s.t. best!!

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p.s. and off topic somewhat.....Ive noticed that the very very 'trendy' types have started to sport pocket squares. It looks good. With a bow tie you'll be stylin' :lol: :lol:

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I only wear one on black-tie occasions, but I do tie my own. I think long ties look better on tall men. I'm 6-5.
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Oh my, I feel another irresistible urge coming on.
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The only ties I have worn since the 50's !!..My small collection includes a few from the 70's and half dozen from the 40's...
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fallingwickets wrote:bow ties are the b.e.s.t. best!!

clive

p.s. and off topic somewhat.....Ive noticed that the very very 'trendy' types have started to sport pocket squares. It looks good. With a bow tie you'll be stylin' :lol: :lol:

clive
I got a.hold of a couple of pocket squares, but admit they are boringly single colours. I particularly like the look of a white linen hanky in traditional single fold style with a suit, white shirt and regular tie with a four-in-hand knot. Classic.

Gonna get more bows for sure, though.
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I like the crisp look of a bow tie. However, I think I might have donned a tie of any kind perhaps three times in the last 5 years.

I have to wear khakis to work...but otherwise...I even wear jeans to church on Sunday.
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I wear ties all the time --- bow ties add variety for me.
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jww wrote:I'll be hitting BB later this month when my wife and I are back in Maine for our annual anniversary week.

Bow ties -- love 'em, absolutely love 'em.

Wendell, you are a budding Chris Kimball. He of "America's Test Kitchen" is a bow tie fanatic. :P
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Wendell,
Aside from wearing them with a tux, I've never worn a bowtie. My dad did, had several and tried to teach me how to tie them.
When I first started working in NYC in 1970, it was for a very fashion-oriented consumer product company. My wife suggested an updated wardrobe might be nice. I visited an expensive men's store, Paul Stuart, located on Madison Av., very close to the Brook Brothers store.
Like BB, Paul Stuart was into the soft, natural-shoulder "Ivy League" style popular at the time, but with prices 20% higher and far better in-store alterations available.
To make a short story long, Paul Stuart had an incredible selection of bowties....hundreds, I bet. On one occasion, my wife had come into the city for dinner and decided to visit PS with me. She saw me staring at the bowtie collection and wisely pulled me a way...she was right that a guy like me, with a very fat ROUND face, had no right wearing a bowtie regularly...but secretly I admire guys who could and did do justice to a really nice, silk paisley bow-tie. Glad you're one of them!
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A long time ago, in a land far, far, away, I was going to a company function that was "dress up" so a suit was in order. Just prior to the function I happened to be in Nordstrom’s and checked out their tie selection more out of curiosity than really needing a new tie. I spotted a bow tie I really liked and made a deal with the attractive female sales clerk; if she would show me how to tie the bow tie I would buy it. Naturally, I walked out with the bow tie in hand.
At the function I was a big hit being the only one with a bow tie and a hand tied one at that.
Bow ties......gotta love'um...... 8)

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Some people look like total dorks in a bow tie, yet persist in wearing them!

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Can't begin to explain that, but I will say I always liked Lord Peter Wimsey's dictum that a bow tie must be hand tied, but must not be too perfect as that would make it look like a made-up affair.

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Nice ties, Chris. I bought my second one yesterday. A brownish, fall color.
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I picked up another 3 yesterday in Park City at the Van Heusen outlet there. All three only $18 each. I love them -- my wife thinks I have enough now .... little does she know.

And fwiw, Chris, you look "fabbalus - absolutely fabbalus" in those ties.
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This is my first bow tie...

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The pretty one in the photo is my lovely wife :D
Wendell, she too thinks I have enough and I only have two (for now :whistle: )
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Let's hope she comes around Danny, they look right smart on you.
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You do not, Dr. Moss, look "dorky" in a bow tie. Now the other Chris, the one of "America's Test Kitchen" fame, he's a little dorky.

As an aside, you do not at all look as I imagined you would. Somehow I had this idea you would be a salt and pepper bearded version of your son.
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