As I have already admitted frequently, I don’t consider myself any kind of menswear expert. I’m passionate about it, and I’m paying attention to it, but I’m also winging it. From what I can see, bow ties are HUGE this year. No longer just the purview of nerds, they offer a bit of flair to anyone whose got some. But experts are all in agreement: tie one on or fuggedaboutit.
Because I am all about menswear experts, I have learned to tie my own bow tie, and I admit to believing it has made me morally superior. And I have scoffed at the pre-tied selection on lesser beings, waiters, and the shelves of Ben Sherman in SoHo.
But then I noticed a really cute vintage clip-on in my drawer that I bought perhaps a year ago, before I knew better. And it was a really dusty pink color and old. And Shannon was out of the room so I slipped to the mirror and clipped it on my white Ted Baker shirt purchased at a consignment store in Boston before I knew my neck size. And it pulled together the collar in a way that seemed quite dapperQ.
And then I went out. And I saw it in the eyes of many a passer by – delight. Much more than when I wear my tied bow tie! How to explain? I dare not. It happened at lunch, and I was called out by the MC at a comedy show that night.
Cool? Or Tool? I want to know what you think. Far more than that, I WANT PHOTOS OF YOU IN BOW TIES (posted on the dapperQ Facebook page and sent to me for loading on Flickr.) dapperQ is obviously a highly-resourced operation so I snapped my own…you can too!