I have something to admit. Until four days ago, I only used clip-on bowties. Then I stopped by Odin, one of DBs fav shops (and rumor has it, according the hot, vegan gal ringing me up, they have a no-fur policy!), and I picked up a real-life, grown-up, plaid, cotton bowtie by Engineered Garments. As fate (or necessity) would have it, I had to learn to tie the damn thing properly!


So, why do we love bowties? They're not just for Pee-Wee or tuxedos anymore, and they've been rescued from the pits of nerd-dom. They are geek-chic, intellectual-http://www.beyes.jp/img/item/thumb/edit_751212.jpgsexual, and unlike the long tie which draws attention to the mid-section, they say "my eyes are up here!" One word of advice for the bow-tie adventurer: steer clear of over-sized bow-ties unless you make appearances at childrens' birthday parties. The narrow  and smaller ones are quite fetching.

Thrift stores are full of ties and bow-ties, but if that fails you, ASOS (who has a no-fur policy) has a pretty good selection of narrow cotton bow ties.

ASOS Plain Cotton Skinny Bow TieJunk De Luxe Stripe Shirt with Bow TieJunk De Luxe Polo With Bow Tie

SCRIPT BOW TIEI'm smitten for the bow tie necklace at Topman (also, with a no-fur policy), as well as their very affordable metallic, poly bow ties:


How to tie a bow-tie: