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.


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

  1. mono_lisa August 10, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Bow ties are cool.

    (but not in camouflage! nothing is even remotely cool in camouflage!)

  2. Michael Bilyk August 10, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    I would wear it if I were you. Just don’t pretend it is a real bowtie, you won’t fool anyone. If you like it, wear it.

  3. Madison August 10, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Being a girl I have to admit that I’m a HUGE fan of bow ties. Not only do I wish women wore them more often, I’ve gone as far to wear one on New Years and use them in my hair as a headband of sorts. However when it comes to this fantastic piece of neckwear I have to say that clip-on’s are a NO! They cheapen the classy look they’re meant to provide the wearer with and I just think it’s a piece of menswear that shouldn’t be messed with. Call me old fashioned, I just like them the way they’re meant to be, and that’s tied on.

    Check out

    They’re website design’s pretty shitty, but the ties are really nice! I was able to snag a couple while I was up at school in VT last semester.

  4. Ryan August 11, 2010 at 2:31 AM

    Tying and clipping are just variations on a theme. A friend of mine gave me a crotcheted mustard yellow bow tie for my birthday – it’s a bit floppy, and you have to hook it with a button at the back of the neck, but it’s still pretty damn snazzy. Prioritising old-school over clip-ons is a bit snobby – which might be the entire point, but there’s also something to be said for blending high culture with the low, y’know?

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