In the world of male accessories the bow tie is king. If you don’t believe me take if from Louis the XIV also known as Louis the Great or the Sun King. His reign of 72 years and 110 days was not only one of the longest in history but possibly one of the most fashion forward for this ruler that was well known for his liking to adorn himself.
The bow tie has been around for over 300 years. It first caught the eye of Louis the XIV in the 1600s when he saw them around the necks of Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian wars. The Croatian mercenaries used a scarf around their necks to hold together the opening of their shirts, the scarf looped through the top holes, just like buttons would have held the shirt closed, but instead of buttons they used a scarf and knotted it off their shirts.
This was not just for functional use of the scarf around their necks, but also a way to differentiate themselves from other mercenaries. So when Louis the Great met the Croatian mercenaries, not only did he order his tailors to create similar accessories for himself, but he also demanded that all members of the upper class wore them as well on special occasions.
The bow tie is not back, the bow tie never left! A bow tie, and definitely not a clip on bow tie, will not just change your everyday look, it will also make it unpredictable.
"To its devotees the bow tie suggests iconoclasm of an Old World sort, a fusty adherence to a contrarian point of view. The bow tie hints at intellectualism, real or feigned, and sometimes suggests technical acumen, perhaps because it is so hard to tie. Bow ties are worn by magicians, country doctors, lawyers and professors and by people hoping to look like the above. But perhaps most of all, wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an aggressive lack of concern for what other people think." —Warren St John, The New York Times
While the bow tie is fun to mix and match with different patterns, it is also an accessory that has a life of its own. You can practically dress up any outfit with a bow tie. Throw a bow tie over a button down shirt, with some nice slacks and it will instantly turn you into a male fashionista that will be sure turn heads.
Whether you are going out to a formal event or simply going to work, there is no better way to visually show your confidence than a well worn bow tie around your neck.
"A well tied tie is the first serious step in life." - Oscar Wilde - So why not take that next step and upgrade your life and wardrobe with some stylish Bull + Moose bow ties.