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menswear monday: bowties make you (look) smarter

My main squeeze went to a wedding yesterday, where I’m sure he drew whispers and stares with his bizarre yet vaguely professorial outfit: white jeans, a pink and white striped button-down, a brown blazer, Top-Siders and the piece de resistance: a pink, blue and yellow floral bowtie, which he bought especially for the occasion. He looked so amazing that I’m hoping bowties become an outfit staple for him (the man’s studying to become a professor, so it’s not too far off the mark). PhD or not, you too can look all smart and sexy with little effort. The fall runways featured bowties from prints to metallics, worn with way more than just tuxes. So get inspired, go shopping, and get ready to sit in front of YouTube for a while, cos these things aren’t exactly the most user-friendly accessory on the planet.

BLACK

Basic doesn’t have to be boring. Embellish your black bowtie, pair it with a tux and a tee, or go all out with a top hat.

DIVERSITY

Can’t decide between black or white? Versace feels your pain.

PLAIDS

Bowties, plaid, prints! Antonio Marras, you’ve made my fall fashion dreams come true!

VELVET

Normally velvet makes me want to die, but these Louis Vuitton gems are worth living for.

FURHAT

Bowties and giant fur hats: why not?

COLORED

Put fall’s hottest colors around your neck: mustard yellow, IKB and silvery grays.

CASUAL

Keep it casual with a polo shirt, knit hat or baseball cap. And remember, if bowties are cool enough for Danish designer Henrik Vibskov (on right), they’re certainly cool enough for you.

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  • Eric

    I’m afraid that saying bowties are cool is stretching it. Heck, those 3 guys in row 5 look downright p.o.-ed at the thought of wearing one.

  • Nah, they’re just pissed about the fur hats.

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