Can I still, or ever, wear Clip-on Bow Ties?

Over the past few years, bow ties have gained visibility and favor among retailers. Along with suspenders, bow ties provide a snazzy alternative to the ubiquities necktie, where pattern and width seem to be the only variation in a silky sea. But the most obvious thing a bow tie does is broadcast that you are happy to have the quirkiness and dexterity to tie a bow around your neck.  But you don’t always have to tie it…

This past weekend, I did not discover the next Space Suit of the Week hiding under piles of old cookbooks, unused exercise equipment and discontinued sewing patterns.  What I found, instead, were clip-on bow ties. I haven’t thought much about clip-on bow ties since seeing them in the Marc by Marc Jacobs store back in 2008 while shopping with Bobby. Are clip-on’s amusing? Yes… but so are fake moustaches and you wouldn’t wear one of those to work, would you? But finding vintage clip-on bowties in a barn in Alabama has me questioning both if I can get away with wearing a clip-on bowtie and how exactly to clean such a bow tie found in such a barn in Alabama.

Also, I couldn’t resist sharing this camouflage bow tie.  Maybe Bobby can wear it on days when his new camo jacket isn’t quite snazzy enough.


August 10, 2010