It’s crazy to think that it has been a year since I started this blog. As I look back over those 12 short months it is amazing to me to see how much the blog has changed and evolved into what it is now. To all of the readers, whether you have been here from the beginning or this is your first time, thank you. If it weren’t for you there would be no one year anniversary.
To mark this occasion I’m introducing a new feature, the Blast From the Past. Every so often I’ll pull a post from the archives and bring it back to the forefront. It’s a way to revisit some brands that newer readers may have never seen because they only specialize in one or two things and don’t get many mentions. To kick it off I want to start with the first Bow Tie Friday post ever written.*
At most places today is Casual Friday but I prefer to partake in Bow Tie Friday. Having already discussed the Two-Button Seersucker Suit by Brooks Brothers, I would normally prefer to allow a little more time to pass before reviewing another quality Brooks Brothers product so that I could highlight some other brands. However, it only seemed fitting to start with Brooks Brothers since they were the brand that inspired Bow Tie Fridays.
Brooks Brothers has a wide selection of bow ties ($55-$65) to chose from but my personal favorite is the BB#4 Bowtie ($55). Available in seven colorways, the BB#4 is made from pure silk woven in England and then made in the USA. The simple stripe pattern is great for someone making the first time dive into wearing bow ties. Not only is the BB#4 Bowtie a great choice for Bow Tie Fridays, it will also help you stand out at weddings and other formal events, especially in the Midwest where most people tend to prefer neckties.
One thing every man should know how to do is to correctly tie a bow tie. You wouldn’t wear a clip-on necktie, would you? Learning how to tie a bow tie sets you apart from the crowd. Which is a lady going to be more impressed by, the guy who simply unclips his bow tie or the guy who unties it and has it dangling around his neck?
If you’re new to wearing bow ties I want to make it as easy as possible for you to learn how to tie your own, so I have provided the following diagram, as well as a link to Brooks Brothers’ step-by-step guide to tying a bow tie. If you still need more help I would recommend visiting your local Brooks Brothers and asking an employee for help learning to tie one. Most Brooks Brothers and comparable men’s clothiers tend to have someone on duty who knows how to tie a bow tie.
*Original post has been slightly edited and updated