Bow ties are the latest It-girl fashion accessory.
They can be butterfly, batwing, hourglass or diamond-point. Pre-tied, hand-tied or clip-on. In silk, grosgrain, madras or seersucker. If you havenâ€™t guessed by now, the object Iâ€™ve been describing is the bow tie, the newest his-and-hers accessory. Trendsetting French nobles first spotted the cravat on Croatian horsemen during the Thirty Years War. Louis XIV adopted a silk version of this rough-and-tumble neckpiece and wore it instead of a lace jabot. Despite its swashbuckling origins, the bow tie became almost entirely usurped by tuxedo wearers in the late 19th century. As a result, the bow tie has developed a mixed appeal: At evening â€śblack tieâ€ť occasions, the bow tie is suave and sophisticated, but daytime bow ties are not. They hint at tantalizing eccentricities in their wearers. Colourful and patterned, the everyday bow tie conveys the gee-shucks quality of country vets and mad professors.
Now that geeks have become gods, geek accessories like daytime bow ties are getting a second lookâ€”from the girls. It girls Julia Frakes and Becka Diamond have been snapped wearing the kind of colourful clip-ons that Jerry Lewis would wear. Brooks Brothers upped the bow tieâ€™s geek/snob ante further by collaborating with blogger K. Cooper Ray of Social Primer. Together, they came up with the Reversible Bow Tie. This trailblazing accessory combines vintage fabrics in contrasting colours and patterns on the same bow tie. The right side of the bow may be a nautical stripe, while the left is decorated with polka dots.
The Reversible Bow Tie inspired me to make some for my husbandâ€™s recent birthday party, which was supposed to be black-tie. I enlisted the help of my friend Simone and went off to buy the fabricâ€”that was the easy part.
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