After many years of being out in public gatherings and following my last post, I have been asked – and emailed – with questions about my ‘trademark’ bow tie – and everyone wants to know if I prefer wear a“clip-on”, a “pre-knotted” tie or a hand-tied bow tie?
Well, my romance with neckwear goes way back (read TAKE A BOW, previously on this blog) to when I was a kid. Back then, I had a selection of bow ties which my father or my mother tied for me, but I also admit that I had the clip-on ones. No matter what, I had to wear a bow tie: to me it was a call to go out, to feel interesting, or to look different and dapper, perhaps. (I do not know for sure, I was just a kid!) But I do know that I loved my bow ties.
As you can probably tell, my choice is the hand-tied option.
Now, the process of tying the tie is very simple, yet daunting for some. Even if you have hours to get ready for a gathering that requires this accessory, you are always running, there is always something that gets in the way, always some activity which sidetracks your “getting ready” activity. So, my suggestion is to practice, and practice, until the process is one that is part of your protocol of getting ready. A man of distinction always take time to make sure his clothes are pressed ands clean, shoes are buffed and polished, all garments have their buttons on, and clothes are brushed and free of lint or dog hair. (In my case, with a pug at home, the little guy sheds so much hair, that a fur coat should be on it’s way in our house.)
So simply try and try and try until you are able to “Tie the Knot”.
Here is a step by step tutorial for tying your own bow tie, featuring model Mr. Drew Kenny.
I found this very old tutorial via Bergdoff Goodman years ago and I kept the picture (for reference);
And in the world of video, I found this one:
(I believe the host’s British accent helps you to feel already “dapper”)
Here are some of my personal favorites in my own public appearances in terms of style, look, colors and proportions.
Remember that the process is simple. Just learn how to tie the knot of your bow tie and the rest is up to you.
Later on this blog more about this look that makes any dude to look like an “ELEGANT DUDE”.
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