I have always said that had I been born male, I would probably be a cross-dresser. There is simply not enough innovation in menswear to satisfy me. It is much harder to design completely new things for men because there are so few silhouettes that are deemed “acceptable” for men to wear. Most structural changes in menswear fall under categories such as lapel size, jacket length, pant width and the like. Thank goodness for the world of accessories!
I often speak of how important accessories are to the completion of a look. This is just as true for men as it is for women. A young man’s wardrobe is likely to be full of mostly basics so accessories are definitely the way to go for the trendy young adult male who wants to keep his look fresh. One of my favorite ways to accessorize is with a bow tie.
Bow ties are so wonderful because they are so versatile. They can be worn formally or casually and they are a funky alternative to neckties. No longer reserved for the “nerds” with pocket protectors and Coke-bottle glasses, bow ties are definitely in. They have been spotted on the fall 2013 runways of Moschino, both the menswear and ready-to-wear collections, and there was even a bow tie inspired challenge on episode four of this season’s Project Runway.
This week’s Fashionisto is definitely hip to what’s hot in fashion because not only is he wearing a bow tie, he is wearing a plaid bow tie. “Supersize squares” and big plaid are said to be one of this season’s biggest trends in menswear.
In my opinion, if you’re going to take the atypical route and wear a bow tie, you should go all out and wear an atypical one! Why settle for a solid color or a subdued print when there are period table, Spider-Man and even Lego bow ties?! A novelty bow tie is like the obligatory “ugly” Christmas sweater, but much cooler. Have fun with your wardrobe, why don’t you?
Bow ties, obviously, are not just for men. All other genders can have fun with them too! I’ve been wearing bow ties for so long that they’re becoming part of my signature (which also includes fabulous headbands) and I’m even designing my first bow tie/hair bow collection. You can wear bow ties under collars the way they are meant to be worn or you can sport them on your bare neck like a necklace as I do. Maybe you have a totally different idea on how to wear a bow tie. Go for it! The possibilities are endless!