Wear a Real Bow Tie

Wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an
aggressive lack of concern for what other people think.

– Warren St. John

I’ve been wearing bow ties for quite a while. The first time I wore a bow tie was circa 1979 for school pictures. A good friend on the West Coast, having never owned one, asked me for the rundown so he could wear one to officiate his cousin’s wedding in August.

I told him, no matter what, he should man up, buy a real one and learn to tie it. A simple search of the Internet will provide a full spectrum of video tutorials on how to properly affix the tie.

My only two recommendations are that on your first attempt, give yourself plenty of extra “learning time,” and if it’s summer in Northern Virginia, turn down the air conditioning 5 degrees because tying your first bow tie can make you sweat.

Edited by JESSICA MONTE.  Written by CHRIS LITTLE.



This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living