Bow Ties: Gentlemen Don't Take Shortcuts
As I have reported, most men wear pre-tied bow ties. Podolsky states, “It’s a practice we can’t condone. That’s because a bow-tie wearer is inherently a gentleman, and gentlemen don’t take short-cuts.”rnLike me, Podolsky feels strongly that men should tie their own ties. rn
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Fashion journalist Jeffrey Podolsky recently wrote an article titled “The Bow Tie Is Back.”
He wrote this for Penta — a publication geared towards individuals with more than $5 million from Barron’s in May 2015.
As I have reported, most men wear pre-tied bow ties. Podolsky states, “It’s a practice we can’t condone. That’s because a bow-tie wearer is inherently a gentleman, and gentlemen don’t take short-cuts.”
Like me, Podolsky feels strongly that men should tie their own ties.
The Right Way And The Wrong Way
I do grant an exception to young boys, but that’s out of practicality and common sense.
As anyone who has tried to dress a kid can attest, it is not easy. Trying to tie neckwear around a rowdy, restless kid is virtually impossible. Second, many young gents don’t appreciate wearing nice clothes yet. Thus, neckwear is one of the first things that they may try to rip off.
Third, boys are busy guys. Boys like to play with things — including their clothes. The important thing to keep in mind here is that such reasons only apply to young guys.
Make It Quick
Not Hard To Master
There are a few reasons why Podolsky feels it is important for a dude to tie his own tie.
First, although intimidating, the tying process isn’t hard to master. Many a wearer is more than willing to tutor someone. In the event a willing instructor isn’t around, there are plenty of video and pictorial tutorials online. In fact, some instructional videos are less than a minute.
Even though acquiring this skill will take longer than a minute, the learning curve isn’t steep. Thus, most gents can learn with minimal investment.
Step By Step
Art, Not Science
Second, tying a bow tie is an art, not an exact science. It is really tempting to fret about perfection when it comes to neckwear and other elements of an outfit.
That’s an impulse to discourage, as people don’t expect perfection. Podolsky notes that the preferred tie orientation is a bit askew since “[that] slight imperfection is what gives a bow-tie wearer character.” GQ and other men’s fashion authorities not only grant but expect slight imperfections with bow ties.
Third, this embraced imperfection certainly isn’t a license for sloppiness, but it is a requirement for the bow tie wearer’s confidence.
As Podolsky states, “A bow tie gets noticed. It says you’re a confident guy who doesn’t worry much about what other people think.”
So, for these reasons, it’s important to not take a shortcut by wearing pre-tied ties — whether you’re a gentleman or not.
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Article by Bow Tie Aficionado