Banded Iconic Style: The Elegant & Distinctive “Bow Tie”

Banded, Iconic Statement:  The Bow Tie
Banded, Iconic Statement: The Bow Tie

The distinctive “Bow Tie”. Banded, iconic style. The “Bow Tie” is described as “a type of men’s necktie consisting of a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar in a symmetrical manner such that the two opposite ends form loops”. Loops of iconic style. The traditional bow tie, consisting of a strip of cloth which the wearer must tie by hand is known as a “Self-Tie” or “Freestyle” bow tie. Who knew? The Art of the Bow Tie for certain! Of course, the “Ready-Tied” bow ties are sewn into shape, at a fixed length, incorporated into a clip that attaches to the points of the collar of the wearer. These adjustable bow ties are certainly a “one-size fits all”. Typically, however, two shapes are available with the iconic bow of black: the “Bat Wing” (parallel sided) and the “Thistle” (referred to as the “Butterfly”). Which is worn, of course, is a matter of personal preference. The modern bow tie is tied using a common “shoelace knot”. Found in many fabric materials, such as cotton and silk, it is the bow ties of silk that seems to have earned iconic status. A “Statement piece” in fashion. The timeless and classic, elegant “Bow Tie”

Timeless Elegance:  The Classic Black Bow Tie
Timeless Elegance: The Classic Black Bow Tie

History states that the “Bow Tie” originated among Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian wars of the 17th century. Again, who knew? The “Cravat” is termed as “a neckband and the forerunner of the modern tailored necktie and bow tie, originating from 17th-century Croatia.” “The “ruff”, a starched, pleated white linen strip, originated earlier in the 16th century as a neckcloth (readily changeable, to minimize the soiling of a doublet), as a bib, or as a napkin. A band could be either a plain, attached shirt collar or a detachable “falling band” that draped over the doublet collar.” The word “Cravat” derives from the French cravate, which is stated to be “a corrupt French pronunciation of Croate”. Interesting. The history of the Cravat is linked from the end of the 16th century as a men’s fashionable decoration. Of interest, between the 17th century and World War I it was of military origin. During the reign of Louis XIII of France, Croatian mercenaries were enlisted into a regiment supporting the King and Cardinal Richelieu. Perhaps it is no surprise that the traditional Croat military neckcloth would pique the interest of the fashionable Parisians curiosity. These unusual, picturesque scarves, distinctively knotted at the Croats’ necks, would be embraced by the French. Distinctive embellishments of elegance that endure. History is not clear, however, whether the Cravat first evolved into the bow tie or the neck tie. Yet the link to the bow tie is certainly tied to history

French King Louis XIV Decorated With An Early Cravat/1667
French King Louis XIV Decorated With An Early Cravat/1667

And of the bow tie adorning the graceful necks of women? Alas, a visual appreciation of the masculine statement of fashionable distinction. Bow ties, or slight variations thereof, are not new to the world of women’s fashion. Perhaps bold and unexpected, the bow tie is not an element of adornment that will grace the neck of every woman. However, the bow tie on the woman certainly deserves our appreciation. A visual reflection of images of iconic women who emblazoned themselves with masculine edge. Powerful visuals of bold, unexpected style and elegance. Life is a visual statement, for certain…

Vintage Distinction:  "Bow Tied" Style
Vintage Distinction: “Bow Tied” Style
Julie Andrews In The 1982 Film, "Victor Victoria":  Bow-Tied Style
Julie Andrews In The 1982 Film, “Victor Victoria”: Bow-Tied Style

Of course, our attention must also fall onto images of iconic men who stoically created a statement with the bow tie. A respectable and elegant statement, indeed. In recognition of the timeless elegance of the “Bow Tie”

Classic Icons Banded With The Iconic "Bow Tie"
Classic Icons Banded With The Iconic “Bow Tie”
"James Bond":  Classic 007 Style In The Black Bow Tie
“James Bond”: Classic 007 Style In The Black Bow Tie
Classic Elegance In "Bows" OF Black:  The "Bow Tie"
Classic Elegance In “Bows” OF Black: The “Bow Tie”
"Bow Tie" Embellishments:  Feminine Adornment Of Style
“Bow Tie” Embellishments: Feminine Adornment Of Style
A Twist Of The Classic:  Variations Of The "Bow Tie"
A Twist Of The Classic: Variations Of The “Bow Tie”
Variations Of A Classic:  Tied Loops Of "Bow Tied" Style
Variations Of A Classic: Tied Loops Of “Bow Tied” Style

Fashion's Embellishment:  A Variation Of The "Bow Tie"
Fashion’s Embellishment: A Variation Of The “Bow Tie”

Elements Of Adornment With A Masculine Edge:  The "Bow Tie"
Elements Of Adornment With A Masculine Edge: The “Bow Tie”

Consider the elegance of the “Bow Tie”. A timeless fashionable statement that has never left the archives of fashionable and dapper style. Stated to be the “Embodiment of propriety”, the formal elegance of the “Bow Tie” endures in remaining the part of the dress code of “Black Tie” affairs. Yet consider the simplicity of the tasteful neck adornment that requires confidence for the attention that they demand. Certainly, it is an accessory that sets apart and distinguishes the man (or the woman, for that matter) with elegance. A bold, iconic statement of recognized respectability of a venerable fashion tradition. Banded, iconic style, indeed

Kristin

“To its devotees the bow tie suggests iconoclasm of an Old World sort…. 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

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