The Wit and Wisdom of Brandon: Bow Ties

4:17 PM

As I was thinking about what to write about this week, I came to the conclusion that the next rule of male fashion that we will tackle is the bow tie. The bow tie is much more than just neckwear, it is an attitude; a statement to the rest of the world. As Warren St. John once said, "Wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an aggressive lack of concern for what other people think." It is in that spirit that I give you one rule to live by when it comes to bow ties.

Rule 1: Never wear ready tied/pre-tied bow ties.
The greatest part about wearing a bow tie is the fact that you have taken the time to tie a bow tie. As one old southern lawyer once told me, "wearing a pre tied bow tie is like half assing a trial, you may know you're better than that, but no one else does." So my advice is that if you're going through the trouble to be different and step beyond the boring realm of long ties, then at least have the decency to learn how to tie a proper bow to prevent yourself from looking like a slack ass.

Now that we have gotten this one limitation out of the way, we can talk about how awesome bow ties are in general. Traditionally, the symbol of wealth and class, the bow tie began as neckwear that was associated with Croatian mercenaries.However, in the South, the bow tie is the great symbol of a proper Southern Gentleman’s dress. I personally have my favorite makers of bow ties. 

They are as follows:

1.    Brooks Brothers: These bow ties are quality well made ties. They are pure silk woven in England and have all of the classic solid, striped, and dotted bow ties that one would ever want. These bows hold their shape and are easy to tie.

2.    Vineyard Vines: These New England Gentleman have a flair all their own. They are colorful and fun neckwear that provide more options from your traditional solids and stripes with fun patterns of whales, sailboats, and nautical flags in festive colors.

3.    High Cotton Ties: This North Carolina bow tie maker that specializes in bow ties and cummerbunds. These bow ties are made out of 100% cotton and is attached to the rich history of the North Carolina Textile industry. I love these bow ties for several reasons, but principally because they make a great product that has a look like no one else. It doesn't hurt that they're made right here in my favorite and home state.

And just in case you want to learn the art that is tying a bow tie, please see the link below:

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  1. I would also like to politely say that a separate blog entitled, "The Fashion Wit and Wisdom of Brandon McPherson" is in order. Of course, I would be a regular guest columnist.



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