30 July 2008

Rocking The Bow Tie


Fortunately, I now have a new camera, following my nephew's rather ill advised decision to play with my old one. Hopefully I shall now be able to do some more frequent outfit posts. Today I decided to mix it up a little, by pairing my bow tie with light grey jeans tucked into Doc Martens (which I am still breaking in, hence their rather pristine look). Although this pairing may appear dichotomous in nature, one finds that in the history of fashion, pieces identifiable as early bow ties were actually worn far more casually and with less formal connations than we find in today's society.

The history of the bow tie is much debated over, with historical evidence showing that scarves were worn with a bow as far back as the Roman times. In its earliest manifestation, it was worn mainly by those in the military for the warmth it provided to the neck region, without the worry of loose ends. This military connection would last till even today, where it is worn as part of formal military attire in many countries. However it has also had a more casual association, for example in the 17th Century, where it was worn underneath an open collar jacket, often adapted from what we would consider to be a scarf.

The bow tie as we know it today actually evolved from a very casual fashion in mid 17th Century France. Every soldier in the Croatian Army from the lowest rank wore a form of the bow tie created by tying thin, colourful scarves around their necks. Following their victory in Turkey, they were presented to Louis XIV in celebration. He was immediately enamoured by the style and the adaption of which, the 'cravat', would become a major fashion in France. The French soldiers would give rise to another style, by hastily twisting their scarves and tucking the ends into the buttonholes of their military jackets.

Following the French Revolution the trends in men's fashion would determine the type of the bow tie, often large and elaborate in style. In the 19th Century and the rise of the Romantic Period, the tie was to become the most important part of a man's attire. During this period it would actually become an art form for many men, who would develop their own unique designs and elaborate styles. By the 20th Century the bow tie would become the recognisable piece we know today, often worn casually, however for the most part used for evening wear.





Currently playing: Tuning In - Hadouken!

xxxx

65 comments:

  1. I love Bow-ties, but I'm a girl so i will look silly if i wear one.

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  2. on the contrary to the comment above, i feel that as a girl i cannot wait to attempt wearing a bow tie sometime!
    i just love your outfit today, chic with a slouchy twist (the jeans/boots thing works wonders, i am currently packing my own Doc Martens to take away with me and shall be a major fan of the tucked in look come autumn/winter!), one of my absolute favourites of yours. the one thing i really love about the way that you blog is that you do not rely solely upon photographs of outfits, or musings on your selections. your inclusion of historical takes on your choices, etc, are genuinely very interesting, so thank you!

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  3. I haven't been able to get enough bow tie action for the last 18 or so months. But unfortunately it's become a staple item for the indie set and thus has lost the cool James Bond factor...shame.

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  4. This is a great mix. People don't wear bow ties enough! Bravo to you.
    And your camera looks awesome.

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  5. Great combination! I'm more of a bow tie person than regular tie. I even keep my little collection in a self-made blue wooden box, hah!

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  6. oh my, your camera is fantastic!!
    I'm loving the outfit, esp the bow tie! I lovelovelove bows/bow ties/ribbons!
    sea @ fashionsqueah!

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  7. i've found that when done wrong bowties can come off a bit silly.. but you have done it perfectly! you've reminded me that i also really like the thin scarves tied in a bow for girls as well... i'll have to try it once it gets a bit cooler..

    -issa

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  8. You def rocked the bow tie!!! I want more bow ties ! & yay for a new camera :D

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  9. You look great! The boy tie is not for me but I love the way you executed your look.

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  10. love the bow tie, the photogrpahy, the blog!!! awesome!!! us girls need a male fashionista around here... finally we found you!!!

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  12. Your soooo cute in that bow tie!! Can I just pinch your cheeks? lol. But seriously...the tie looks really good!!

    Tart

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  13. You are my hero! Love you in a bowtie, DK! And those close up shots are AWEsome :)

    xoxox,
    CC

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  14. i definitely think it takes a certain type of guy to rock the bow tie properly, as you have so aptly demonstrated. i'm totally loving it!

    - roz

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  15. I love the bow tie! Karl Lagerfeld's Fall RTW show made me also want to wear one.

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  16. Girls doesnt look silly in bowties :D (first comment)
    and your outfit is adorable!! this is how a man should dress!!!
    xxx

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  17. I love the whole more casual tuxedo thing you got goin on, its fantastic!

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  18. I love bow ties. I've even worn one myself. Your camera looks good too + i love that Hadouken song :)

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  19. Wow, you are well read aren't you? :)

    Man, if I saw someone my age walking around in a bow tie...I'd probably stalk him.

    Great post, the new camera seems to work great! :)

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  20. I prefer ties over bow ties usually, but I'm liking this. I also adore that last picture, the folds of the bow and the shinyness, ahh!

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  21. Thanks for the the comment!
    I also prefer ties, bow ties only work on certain people. On some, it can seem alittle immature.:]

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  22. Breakin' molds, my love! Bowties can totally be worn out of formal situations, this looks so phenomenal on you. You look amazing! I hope you're feeling much better, dear.

    Thank you for being amazing, your comments always get me smiling. :)

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  23. I love the outfit (what can I say, bowties are great). I also loved the history lesson since I find fashion history very interesting. In fact, I just took out a stack of fashion history books from my university library today.

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  25. Cupcakes and Cashmere31 July 2008 at 01:51

    bow-ties, hands down, are one of my favorite looks on a guy. you rock it perfectly!

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  26. hmm, you are really rocking the bow tie! i particularly like mixing it w/the docs.

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  27. i love the bow tie, and i love the photos.

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  29. The bow tie look is so fresh and daring. Its really preppy, when dressed down even! Its great. I wouldnt do the Martens, just because Im not into clogs yet, eventhough theyre a big winter thing. Im just not there yet... But Great choice not doing a black denim, the light-ish grey is suddle and contrasting.

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  30. what camera was that? did u use that for all the shots here in your cute lil blog?

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  31. I saw a girl wearing a bow tie the other day and she looked very cool.

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  33. Congrats on getting the new camera! Those pictures are so good, especially the close-ups. And, as usual, a wonderfully written post.

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  34. Yay!!!!
    Finally SOMEONE will wear a bowtie. Very chic!
    And the doc martens....Ah-mazing.

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  35. Heeheee. I knew you would like that wesbite. ;) Fun, eh? Anywho, thanks for your wonderful comment, as always. Are you feeling better now? I hope so. Glad to see your blog updated daily. xx

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  36. yes, yes, yes! you look so good with a bow-tie! stunning.

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  37. oh gosh. marry me or something. you and your outfit = amazing.

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  38. Sir, do you tie your own bow ties? If so, could you please demonstrate through video how to do so? I have tried every single video and print guide online, to no avail. And I am so desperate to wear one!

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  39. i think a lot of men find the bow tie slightly feminine so it's kind of funny to see how it came from such a masculine thing like the army. i personally don't find them feminine and wish more men would go in the bow tie direction. =)

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  40. Looking great... and the dressed- down bow tie look is simply genius( I couldn't find any other way to word it). By the way, congrats with the new camera ... P.S. and beautiful written as always :)

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  41. I like how your bowtie is the right size! I bought one on sale and it's too big. It makes me look like a clown.

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  42. You rock this bow tie and is the mood is so 80' style!

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  43. I enjoyed that little bit of history about the bow tie, so thanks!
    I really like the contrast actually between the doc martens and the very suave bow tie. Good work!

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  44. Love that outfit :)!! My grandpa wears bowties too, your outfit, is classy and chic, I really like it!

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  45. I love how you know the history behind all the peices of clothing.

    Your outfit is clean guy. Clean.

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  46. I love bowties!! And it looks really good on you, no lie. I really wanna start wearing some!!

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  47. You are so stylin' at this moment. I love it all! I especially enjoy a man who isn't afraid to wear a bow tie. For some reason my guy friends don't want to touch them. But it makes one look so.... dapper!

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  48. love the bow-tie and docs! such a great look. and I'm glad to hear you got a new camera.

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  49. the black-and-white ensemble totally suits your look. maybe you could try a different color for the bow-tie, so that it will pop out more.

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  50. this is beyond beyond perfection. seriously! oh, and i love your tie and hoodie combo above.

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