Earlier this year, I attended a spoken word event at Le Poisson Rouge, a sizable venue in New York City, where talented spoken word artists shared their moving pieces. I was especially taken by Zora Neale Howard’s piece “Brother Boat Shoe,” which began with an unapologetic, “Brother boat shoe. Brother bow tie. Brother, scholar trying to bag me at these Ivys; emphasize try.” While the witty opening, enough to knock me off my feet, kept me in anticipation of her next words, perhaps it should have been my hint that these two items would be this year’s hot ticket items.
The boat shoe has manifested into somewhat of a staple item at GWU – for girls and boys alike – that we know. I figure that it has something to do with unanimity within the students – perhaps a “We stand together” sort demonstration of our unity in exacting social change in the shoe industry. I don’t exactly own a pair, so I cannot be fully certain. The bow tie, on the other hand, has made a well-deserved come-back in the past year, and its popularity is resonating in GWU’s Fashionisto community.
Bow ties allows for a great deal of versatility; it can be paired with skinnies, a collared shirt and a sweater for a more casual feel or it can complement a fitted two-piece suit for a cleaner look. One thing we can certainly agree on is that the plain black bow tie–the kind reserved for the groomsmen – is slowly losing its fame to its brightly-colored and patterned kin. No complaints here! Yet, it should be understandable that chasing today’s featured Fashionisto across a busy street was well worth it.
This Fashionisto’s bow tie was a seller! Courtesy of Urban Outfitters, it features is a vibrant canary yellow color, accented with thick black stripes. Here, our Fashionisto used his bow tie to complement a white collared dress-shirt, layered with a yellow (or as we would say at GWU – yellow à la buff) V-neck sweater. As for the bottom, he wore a pair of tan dress trousers and dress shoes. He finished off with a maroon cross-body, Greek apparel and a silver Thomas Joseph and Son watch.
This look is clean, and the bow tie adds a pop of cheer to the subtlety of the look. It is definitely a switch-up from the casual wear of most Fashionistos on a regular day of class!
Hint: Because of the versatility of bow ties, they can be paired with most anything to a create a similar or drastically different look. Urban Outfitters and MyAfricanista are great places to find this popular accessory!
This Fashionisto obviously knows how to put a perfect outfit together. He took classic pieces and made a totally functional, fashionable and, most importantly, finished outfit. He’s keeping classic with a cropped pant from Heritage 1981 and button-up from H&M, two items that are easy to find and flatter virtually anyone with the right fit, making this look totally doable for most everyone!
He makes neutrals work for him. Sometimes it can be hard to keep ourselves from drowning in them — how many times have you said to yourself, “I wear too much gray,” or “I need to buy less black.”? Make neutrals work for you this season by adding a pop of color. In this Fashionisto's case, a red vest from Value Village does the trick. The American Eagle Outfitters bow tie, as well as necklaces from his study abroad trip to Thailand takes this outfit to the next level, giving it a unique, but very attainable look.
To get this look, start simple with a nice pair of pants or shorts and a simple shirt. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a button up, a simple v-neck or even a graphic t-shirt could work. Vests are an easy find at most thrift stores, and don't be afraid to accessorize! Jewelry doesn't have to be feminine. Take a pair of casual shoes, like this Fashionisto's Keds-style tennis shoes, to keep this look daytime.
This Fashionisto describes his style as “pretty boy metrosexual.” I don't think anyone can argue with that!
Over this spring semester, I've had the wonderful opportunity to capture some of the most unique and inspiring fashions seen on the guys at Columbia College Chicago. And all in all, I must say that we have some of the most stylish men in the entire city.
This Fashionisto proves no different. From head to toe he has garnered a look that's smart and sophisticated with his Buddy Holly inspired “geek” glasses and his navy blue loafers with red shoestrings.
His red and blue striped necktie serves as the central point of his outfit and gives his look that extra pizzazz. Slinging on a tan, cross-body messenger bag and he's ready for a business meeting, class or even a date. The versatility of an outfit is always a plus; no one wants to do quick changes throughout the day.
The pattern of the tie you choose proves just as important as any other detail of your outfit. Go for color and patterns that accentuate your ensemble, not distract from it. You can find a great selection of patterned ties at places like Express, Neiman Marcus and Ralph Lauren.
Hint: And lastly, dress for you. Keeping up with trends in fashion can be daunting, we understand. But inner confidence is the key to truly pulling any ensemble off!