This new post is inspired by this image I just featured on My Dapper Self‘s social media accounts. From the moment I saw this picture, the question crossed my mind: when and how bow ties became a great alternative for the classy gentleman looking to express himself?

We cannot deny the fact that bow ties had a very bad reputation for a years, or even decades.

But there is a change that has been happening for the last few years: long gone are the negative connotations of men wearing bow ties, and so are the dumb opinions that a guy must be a clown, a waiter, or a creepy professor to wear a bow tie out in public.

And let’s be completely honest here, most of us had this bad association towards bow ties!

So how come bow ties suddenly became a cool item for a guy to wear?

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact reason or the exact moment when bow ties began to turn up as a dapper fashion statement. I still remember a few years ago, 2008 – 2010, I would venture out in a bow tie and feel very self-conscious.

And this wasn’t just my very own, obsessive experience. I am completely sure about this. It wasn’t all in my mind, people did stare, people talked. I can only guess their opinions on my neckwear choice were not the best!

Again, the bad reputation was still very much present and it wasn’t an easy task to feel completely confident in public wearing a bow tie, unless of course, you were wearing a tuxedo (and no, I still don’t think a long tie is a good option with a tuxedo – REALLY!).

Plaid bow tie and suit

Bow ties can be fun – in fact, I think bow ties HAVE to be fun in order to make the best impression!


But somehow it all changed, little by little,… a celebrity here, a popular singer there, started wearing bow ties and all of a sudden it was a great way to express yourself and a fantastic alternative to the regular, long tie. This, if I am not mistaken, started around 2010 and it only seems to increase as the years go by.

Did the hipster trend have something to with it this rise in popularity for the bow tie? Hmmm… maybe, maybe not. I do see a correlation there, but I am not completely convinced. It is fact though, that hipsters are more likely to wear bow ties then any other recent popular urban tribe. It’s an egg/chicken kinda thing.

Bow ties are cool…

And how can we forget the “bow ties are cool” phrase? This I’m sure, helped a lot in shedding a more positive light on bow ties – and isn’t it true that these days we all agree that bow ties are, indeed, COOL? 🙂

It is 2015 and bow ties are everywhere! One no longer has to go from store to store looking for a place to buy bow ties, they are easily available now and decorate many mannequins in the stores these days.

No more wondering looks from strangers, no more coming up with excuses to wear a bow tie. Instead it’s time to be the center of positive attention, especially from the ladies who absolutely love a guy in a bow tie! In case you needed another reason to go for it.

So, to wrap this one up, in my somewhat experienced opinion, the bow tie popularity is here to stay at least for a few more years. So fear no more bow tie aficionados, this is your time, wear your bow tie out with pride and have fun with it. In the end, isn’t that what style is all about?

I would be very interested to know what’s your opinion, why are bow ties much more accepted as a classy gents’ piece these days than they were before? Why not share with us your bow tie wearing stories before bow ties were as popular as they are now? Please leave your comments and stories in the comments section below!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This