Top 10 Bow Ties of 2012

5…4…3…2…What’s the number one thing we look forward to on New Years Eve? Countdowns! It’s time to rank everything from the top Youtube videos to the top celebrity break-ups. And, of course, bow ties. Here at dapperQ, we get a zillion e-mails from aspiring bow tie designers, spend hours surfing the web for dapper bow ties, frequently lust over the bow ties that Blaine wears on Glee, and basically nerd out over all things bow tie related. So, what were the top 10 bow ties that I read or wrote about this year, you ask…?…

ย 10. ANCHORS NOVELTY BOW TIE

anchors-novelty-bow-tie-p2991-4727_imageAt ยฃ14.99 (UK) plus shipping, this is a (relatively) affordable option to incorporate this year’s anchor trend. From Ties Planet.

9. THIS HUMBLE ABODE WOOL BOW TIE

wool-bow-tie-550x400Queer owned and operated This Humble Abode is not messin’ around with no clip-on nonsense. This self-tying beauty is $60.

8. MODERN DAY MOGUL CONFETTI BOW TIE

Confetti bow tieModern Day Mogul unisex bow ties have been receiving kudos everywhere from the New York Times to Vibe magazine. Their “Confetti” bow tie is one of my favorites. $35 from Modern Day Mogul.

7. FOX AND BRIE TAWNY FLORAL BOW TIE

Tawny Floral Bow Tie

Fox & Brie freestyle handmade, limited edition bow ties are made with 100% natural fibers. Tawny Floral bow tie is $45 from Fox and Brie.

6. COTTON TREATS ARTHUR POINTED REVERSIBLE BOW TIE

arthur_ct1201009_pink_frontarthur_ct1201009_pink_backThis bow tie gives four looks for the price of one (visit site for two additional looks). At $30 for a really hip design in cool colors, I say not bad. Cotton Treats via 80s Purple.

5. GRUNION RUN BOW TIES

The-Grunion-Run-Groomsmen-Shop-Wedding-Row-Kentucky_548Vintage inspired, simple, clean and classic. $18 from queer friendly Grunion Run Groomsmen Shop.

4. FLORAL & BARK CHAMBRAY REVERSIBLE BOW TIE

Floral Bow TieFloral Bow Tie ReversableThis General Knot & Co. deadstock bow tie gives two looks in one and has both masculine and feminine touches. $41 from General Knot & Co.

3. AMBIANCE COUTURE SYMPHONY TRIO BOW TIE

Silki Harris23-year-old lesbian designer Silki Harris is behind this jeweled velvet, herringbone, and suede bow tie. $29.99 from Ambiance Couture.

2. CORE SINE LABE DOLI CERAMIC BOW TIES

ceramicbowtiebiggold1These ceramic bow ties are double and sometimes triple cooked; bow-tie ribbons are hand sewed by Italian tailors. This is begging to be a family heirloom. $223 from Cor Sine Labe Doli.

1. DISTINGUISHED CRAVAT PLUM SKY BOW TIE

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ย  Our favorite dandy queer bow tie designer, Kate Ross, continued to knock our socks off this year with breath taking designs. This one-of-a-kind bow tie is one of my favorites and still available at Distinguished Cravat for $65.

HONORABLE MENTION…

Steve-Co-Knitted-Silk-BowtiesSteve & Co. knitted bow ties were hard to leave out of my top 10. Grab one (or a few) for 40 EUR and up at Steve & Co.

Christopher ChaunAll the Hollywood types from masculine to feminine are rocking this and other Christopher Chaun bow ties. While I personally love the $275 and up trend, I felt that the ceramic Cor Sine Labe Doli bow tie was a more timeless bling investment.

Anita Dolce Vita

Fashion and culture blogger featured in Newsweek's Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Curve, Autostraddle, MTV/LOGO's AfterEllen, SF Weekly, Globe & Mail, DIVA, GO Mag, Beijing Review, and Bosnia's Manjine.BA. Education/Credentials: University of New Mexico (B.A., magna cum laude); New York University (MPA, top marks); SUNY Downstate Medical Center (BSN, cum laude); NYS RN.

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