The Bow Tie Bible attempts to expose, define, and showcase the bow tie culture about to experience a paradigm shift in our predominately long tie world. We pose questions like, “Why would a presumably well-educated, well-dressed stylish man—without engaging in any thought process—bind his neck with an often uncomfortable, somewhat impractical, usually more expensive, surprisingly unsanitary, long silk tie while ignoring what a bow tie can do as a personal statement of style and self-confidence as a discerning individualist?”
Do not let our ranting mislead you—bow ties are not for everyone. Not every man considers it important to be well dressed, and many disparage wearing any neckwear whatsoever. That’s perfectly OK. And many, even though they may fit the criteria of a confident and discerning individualist—are not aware of, or motivated to consider, the pros and cons of making any statement with their choice of neckwear or any type of clothing.
Why don’t more men wear bow ties? Part of the reason must be having really never seen or experienced great bow ties worn properly.
They may also be plagued by nightmares evoking painful memories about when they were forced to wear oversized, pre-tied, clip-on, ugly polyester bow ties as a kid. Or while on a date to the prom in a rented dinner jacket they looked at themselves in the mirror and felt ridiculous and self-conscious, as maybe they should. And much to their chagrin, their proud parents took loads of photos displaying their child’s embarrassment to friends and family! All these negative stimuli can, over time, brainwash even the strongest willed among us.