Wednesday, April 20, 2011

How to Pull Off a Bow Tie

Who knew "The Thirty Years War" that manifested most of Europe between 1618 - 1648 would produce a now popular fashion accessory: The Bow Tie.

The necktie's early ancestor has been traced back to the early 1600s, worn by Croatia's military as a picturesque scarf tied around their neck.  During the war, Croatian soldiers and mercenaries were drawn into the war all over Europe.  Some of their soldiers were stationed in Paris, at the time of Louis XIV.  When the French men saw this "tie" around Croatian soldiers, they adopted it into their wardrobe.  At this time, Paris was the center of fashionable influence.  They gave this new accessory the name of "cravat" which is a French word for "Croat."  The rest is now fashion history.

It's 2011 and guys you've seen the bow-tie every where.  But how should you pull this ancient piece of history off? So, easy.  Take a look from Mr. Swizz Beatz himself.  The pictures seen here are some of the sickest way you should wear the bow-tie.  Of course, your outfit wouldn't be complete without a pair of Argyle socks!

There are just no bounds for the "cravat" so be sure to head out and find you one, or two.  It also doesn't hurt if you learn how to tie one on (See tutorial video at the bottom).  There's nothing wrong wearing the clip-ons or the pre-tied bows but there's nothing more sexy to woman than seeing her man tie his own bow-tie. 

Clip-on, Naked and Famous Denim $25

Pre-tied, Rag & Bone $80

Pointed: Traditional but with an attitude!
David & Hart Co., $115

Don't want to break the bank? I've got some suggestions where you can find some great bows...

Saks Fifth Avenue, Ralph Lauren, $70

Urban Outfitters, $15

Brooks BRothers Guard Striped Bow Tie, $29.50
Right now buy one and get 30% off of second of equal or lesser value

Vineyards Vines at, $45

Here's a how-to video from Ralph Lauren, so take notes!

Click here to see the full Swizz Beatz on  Slideshow: How to Pull Off a Bow Tie Wear It Now:

Banana Republic RTW FW2011

Source of pictures and review:, RTW FW 2011 from Banana Republic

Intimately held at the Bowery Hotel, Banana Republic's ready-to-wear collection for this FW2011 has all the touches we've seen from the likes of Celine and even Gucci. 

Texture was a big theme in its collection.  To help its spectators to see it more in 3D vs. 2D, the seating was up close and almost personal.  

Other trends it captured were the paper thin cotton turtlenecks that are worn under tunic blouses.  The classic plaid and herringbone patters pressed into charcoal shades.  Their winter white brocade pencil skirt is paired with a heritage sweater.

As for the male, the double breasted suit jackets and leather pea coat completes and polishes the outfit.  I told you the DB is back! If you haven't done it already, see my previous post: The Return of the DB Jacket.

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Loving these looks by Zara.  The white double breasted jacket and green skinny trousers are very cool.  Definitely something I would wear.

I love the Helloyesterday and how she put together rock and roll outfit.  Adding the suspenders to the simple cuffed trousers can transform something "safe" into a bold piece of pants.  Love it!