My boss Rich has designated Friday as “Bow-Tie Fridays” in the office. Although not everyone participates, he faithfully accessorizes his suits with the most creative bow-ties each and every Friday. Rich has served as an example that, contrary to popular belief, bow-ties are not just worn (1) for formal events, (2) if you are humpty-dumpty, or (3) by clowns. In 2012 bow-ties have a place in every young professional males wardrobe.
Wearing a bow-tie changes the focus of a man from his chest to his neck. In fact, according to a Men’s Health Magazine website article, the bow-tie is ideal for a man who wants to draw attention to his face.
On a more basic level, it modifies a man’s look from the standard monotony of the common office necktie. For a man trying to be a trendsetter, bow-ties offer a unique opportunity to spice up otherwise boring work attire, without being too risqué. In my opinion, wearing a bow-tie also suggests a certain level of sophistication.
Here are three of my favorite styles:
1. This one is playful and fun. It adds a pop of color without being too dramatic.
Duchamp multi-color stripe bow-tie $150
2. If you are looking for something more conservative, this bow-tie is perfectly versatile and will blend in nicely with any suit.
Barneys New York Co-op micro houndstooth bow-tie $65
3. If you are looking for something closer to the pattern of a regular tie, this bow-tie is perfect for you.
Barneys New York Co-op Regimental striped bow-tie $65