LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Kind of Fly for A Bow Tie

I spotted this Fashionisto freshly imported from France on Michigan Avenue, braving the high winds for some vacation time in the Windy City. Clearly, he brought some of that impeccable French style over with him.

Pairing a gray sweater with black lining and a red, black and white plaid button-down worked out perfectly and stayed away from the “lumberjack” look that I warned of in this previous post. The plaid print on his sneakers somehow doesn't clash and pulls together with his dark, black velvet pants to make a well put together outfit.

My favorite feature of his ensemble has to be his bow tie. In fact, it's what caught my eye in the first place. Bow ties seem to have always been popular in the fashion world, seen on such notables like Fred Astaire and Pee-wee Herman (back in the day) and more recently on Karl Lagerfeld, Andre “3000” Benjamin and Justin Timberlake.

Now while you probably aren't itching to look like Pee-wee Herman in a gray checkered suit and red bow tie (or maybe you are — no judgement here!), you can be thankful for the accessory's versatility — either dressing it up with a tuxedo or going more casual with a button-down, sweater and jeans like this Fashionisto did.

Hint: Not sure how to tie a bow tie? No worries! Many bow ties today come “ready tied” so that you don't have to worry about it. It will be less of a hassle and save you time. But if you like the manly feeling you get from tying your own tie, this cool website called Tie-a-Tie can help with clear instructions shown through diagrams.

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