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Fashion Trend for Men: Bow Ties

October 26, 2009
image courtesy of Club Monaco

image courtesy of Club Monaco

There’s no doubt about it – bow ties are in!

This past week at Toronto’s LG Fashion Week, I was struck by how many bow ties were fashionably worn on and off the runway.

Empire Bella @ GOTSTYLE,

At GOTSTYLE show, image courtesy of

Gregory Allen, GOTSTYLE,

Gregory Allen at GOTSTYLE show, image courtesy of


At Kwasi show at LGFW. Image courtesy of Gotstyle

Andrew Sardone & Philip Sparks at Holt Renfrew Fashion week party,

Designer Philip Sparks & Andrew Sardone of NOW, at Holt Renfrew LG Fashion Week party, image courtesy of

Julian Brass, image courtesy of

Julian Brass, image courtesy of

I do wonder though if bow ties were ever out of fashion? People like Andre 3000 and Justin Timberlake were wearing them long ago.

Andre 3000,

Andre 3000, image courtesy of

Andre 3000, image courtesy of

Andre 3000, image courtesy of

Justin Timberlake,

Justin Timberlake, image courtesy of

Nowadays, other celebrities (or their stylists) are fans of the bow tie.
David Beckham,

David Beckham, image courtesy of

Jonas Brothers,

Jonas Brothers, image courtesy of

Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl,

Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl, image courtesy of

Eddie Ross,

Eddie Ross, image courtesy of

For a casual look, a bow tie is best paired with a patterned shirt and jeans.


Benetton, image courtesy of

Philip Sparks Fall 2009

Philip Sparks Fall 2009, image courtesy of

Philip Sparks, Fall 2009, image courtesy of

Philip Sparks, Fall 2009, image courtesy of

If you’re not ready to bow-it-up for daytime, it’ll always be a winning accessory for the tuxedo.

image courtesy of

image courtesy of

Julian Brass, image courtesy of

Julian Brass, image courtesy of


Kwasi, image courtesy of

Although some celebrity women are showing bow tie appreciation, I think this is one accessory that is best left for men.

Diane Kruger, Rihanna

Dianne Kruger at movie premiere & Rihanna at MET Costume Institute Gala, image courtesy of

If you’re out of bow tie practice, follow a how-to like this one to achieve a perfect bow.
How to tie a bow tie,

How to tie a bow tie, image courtesy of

And one last picture to squeeze in…

My dad recently reminded me that he always knew bow ties were fashionable. The year: 1972. The event: my parents’ wedding day. This coming Wednesday marks their 37th wedding anniversary. Cheers to them!

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary!


Cheers to the bow tie!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2009 10:18 am

    Bowties really were everywhere! I love the patterned ones- very fun and not too serious. Maybe I should think about rocking one at my next big fashion event?

  2. October 26, 2009 11:28 am

    Thank you so much for picture!

    • October 26, 2009 12:27 pm

      Hi Eddie! Thanks so much for dropping by FIM and saying hi! We love your style; thanks for being an inspiration.
      xoxo J.
      P.S. You were awesome on Top Design!

  3. Jordana permalink
    October 26, 2009 3:48 pm

    Johanne, I too enjoy a little pattern mixing.
    The more that I think about bow ties, the more that I love them!

  4. Jordana permalink
    October 26, 2009 3:52 pm

    Eddie, there wouldn’t be a picture if you didn’t have such awesome style! Thanks for making the world a more beautiful place.

    P.S.I’m actually making the leaf tortillas you featured last week for a party I’m hosting on Friday. I’m so excited!

  5. October 27, 2009 11:35 am

    If the Jonas bros. are wearing them they can’t last long…ugh

  6. Jordana permalink
    November 3, 2009 8:25 pm

    ACG – hmm – was that an “ugh” about the Jonas Brothers or the bow ties? I think the bow ties may have more staying power than the Jonas brothers…although, the J.Bros seem to still be going strong among the tweens.

  7. Jordana permalink
    November 10, 2009 8:50 pm

    Oh, I agree about the rolled up sleeves look. I think David Beckham & Eddie Ross look great in the photos in this post. I think the mix of patterns is fun (looks great in the how-to pics, no?). It needs to be the right combination of patterns in order to avoid looking too clownish.

  8. Mike permalink
    July 8, 2010 6:58 pm

    It looks like Bow ties are becoming more and more in-style. To be honest I am more of a long tie person but maybe I will have to re-think my style choice. They do look sharp!

    • July 9, 2010 10:40 am

      Thank you for your comment, Mike! Yes, there certainly are a lot of bow ties making a statement this year and I expect that the look will continue well into the upcoming fall/winter season. I’ve seen them look really fun for the summer when worn with a short-sleeve button-down shirt and cotton pants. It’s a surprisingly very easy look to pull off!

  9. Robert permalink
    August 10, 2010 11:56 pm

    I just got a solid black skinny bow tie that I wore today with a short sleeve pattern shirt and jeans. Are we saying that wearing one with short sleeves is ok now? I wasn’t too sure if I was a walking fashion mistake :-) Can a person wears patterned slimline bow with a patterned shirt or am I pushing the envelope?

    • Jordana permalink
      August 11, 2010 7:30 am

      Hi Robert,
      I love your comment – thanks for sharing your bow tie experience with us! I think a pattern bow tie and pattern shirt work well together. I also approve of short sleeves if they are slim. Baggy sleeves just won’t result in the same hip look. I quite like the rolled-up sleeve look as well. Have you tried that out?

      • Robert permalink
        November 26, 2011 2:08 pm

        Hi Jordana,

        Too cold for short sleeves now, but I have about 3 bow ties now, two striped and one with red/black pattern. I have done the rolled up sleeve look, which I agree looks good…not sure why exactly, maybe it’s from all the old TV shows that I used to watch ;-). I think I’m still experimenting with the look, trying to pull it off with jeans (I’m in IT, and jeans are part of the uniform) and all the while wondering if it’s too extreme, though I do like the look and it’s fun. It’s definitely an attention getting in a casual office. Most people still think of bow ties as being formal I guess.

  10. June 15, 2011 8:15 pm

    What a great selection of bow ties. I want them all!!!

  11. March 8, 2012 5:47 am

    It’s difficult to find experienced people on this subject, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks


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