I'm Really Into Seasonal Bow Ties

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    Nov 06, 2015 1:14 AM GMT
    And so are a lot of other guys in this community. Perhaps a passing fad, who knows.

    So I'm getting some Christmas bow ties, and here's the link:

    http://www.beautiesltd.com/category/873

    And no, not spam, I just like this Vermont company, have been buying my bow ties from them for many years. Not pretied, of course, you gotta tie these yourself. Here's what I'm getting for this Christmas:

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    That one above is for my black dinner jacket.

    While these next ones below are just for fun, can be worn with only a shirt:

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    I've run these past my husband, and he approves. Should match most shirts I'm likely to wear.
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    Nov 06, 2015 1:29 AM GMT
    Gallifrey said
    Art_Deco saidI would never wear a pre-tide bow, that is so tacky and high-school prom. In fact, I won't even wear one that has a buckle adjustment.

    All mine are custom made to my exact neck size. A half-inch difference if it's for a wing collar, versus a turn-down collar.

    Here's where I have all my bow ties made, and where my neck size is on file:

    http://www.beautiesltd.com/category/perf-fs/landing-pages?utm_source=DblClk&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=DC0010-10&utm_campaign=freeship&p=GAN0011-11

    Here I am wearing one of their bow ties, New Years 2006 (and a little drunk), age 57:

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    Drink much?


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    Nov 06, 2015 1:54 AM GMT
    Gallifrey said
    Art_Deco saidI would never wear a pre-tide bow, that is so tacky and high-school prom. In fact, I won't even wear one that has a buckle adjustment.

    All mine are custom made to my exact neck size. A half-inch difference if it's for a wing collar, versus a turn-down collar.

    Here's where I have all my bow ties made, and where my neck size is on file:

    http://www.beautiesltd.com/category/perf-fs/landing-pages?utm_source=DblClk&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=DC0010-10&utm_campaign=freeship&p=GAN0011-11

    Here I am wearing one of their bow ties, New Years 2006 (and a little drunk), age 57:

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    Drink much?

    Nope. That pic was midnight on New Years. At a straight private party in a contracted restaurant, with a hired dance band. When one drinks some champagne to usher in the New Year. Which I mentioned to excuse my less than alert expression. Still, not bad for 57, right? Gawd, no significant grey hair yet! And a lot thicker than it is 9 years later. icon_sad.gif

    Sitting next to me, but cropped out here, was the City Police Commissioner. I suppose if I was drunk he would have been required to do something.

    I also mentioned, in that post or another, that from here I went to an all- gay party with my BF, who was also at this midnight dinner & dance. Where we all stripped naked and went into a big outdoor hot tub. Despite the outside air temp being about -15F in North Dakota.

    We left around 4 AM. He slept in my bed. Nice New Years. Great memories, that this pic recalls for me. Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 06, 2015 1:56 AM GMT
    43shitforbrains, Why do you care what people drink? Is it because you were a great big old DRUNK and can't remember the last 2 decades of your life? Tell us?? Is it because you had a member of your family die because of a drunk driver?
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    Nov 06, 2015 2:04 AM GMT
    I really didn't know the extent of this fucking sicko's obsession with you Art.I'd watch my back if I were you. I bet he lives within a few miles of you.
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    Nov 06, 2015 2:07 AM GMT
    Just my 2 cents. I've seen many a man (our age) try and get away with a sassy holiday bowtie at formal parties, and it's not always as becoming as it looks in the picture.

    Personally, I think the classic black, in an interesting shape is more attractive on most men than the frou-frou.
    My other thought is it tends to age a man and looks a little more like someone's aunt Clara dressed you up for a small town church event.

    Perhaps if this is something for your Sunday brunch crowd with friends, then perhaps you are batting 1,000. Either way, glad you're thinking ahead since the holidays are truly knocking on the door.
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    Nov 06, 2015 2:35 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidJust my 2 cents. I've seen many a man (our age) try and get away with a sassy holiday bowtie at formal parties, and it's not always as becoming as it looks in the picture.

    Personally, I think the classic black, in an interesting shape is more attractive on most men than the frou-frou.
    My other thought is it tends to age a man and looks a little more like someone's aunt Clara dressed you up for a small town church event.

    Perhaps if this is something for your Sunday brunch crowd with friends, then perhaps you are batting 1,000. Either way, glad you're thinking ahead since the holidays are truly knocking on the door.


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    Nov 06, 2015 2:44 AM GMT
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    Buckwheet saidI wore a bowtie with one of them sliding buckle doohickeys to two weddings; I didn't care for it. I'm replacing my tux with a western one partially because I detest most ties. I favor the official AZ tie, the bolo.

    A gentleman would never wear a pre-tied bow tie. There are some self-ties that have adjustable neckbands, but that's so déclassé if you have a wing collar, and the neckband is visible.

    I had an ex-BF who wore patent leather cowboy boots with his tuxedo, and wanted to wear a bolo until I forbade it. I told him he either wore a bow tie (which I had to tie for him) or I wouldn't be seen with him. I thought I was very liberal that I overlooked the boots, while I wore proper evening pumps. These cowboys are savages, but some do have lovely bodies, so a compromise is sometimes unavoidable.

    You really are arrogant and pretentious--
    You also like to drink--
    You've bragged about it many times--


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    I love these pics you bring up here of me. (Though those are not my captions) I think I'm about 58 here. Still kinda holding my own. Le dèluge started to happen a year later. icon_sad.gif

    And the only other RJ member who can resurrect 7-year-old pics of me is southbeach1500. Isn't that curious!

    Another peculiarity of my cowboy-booted BF was that he would wear a cheap plastic sports watch with his tuxedo. Despite his being a multimillionaire, with homes from Paris to Scotland, and everywhere in between.

    And I finally said that's enough, I won't be seen with you like this. And so I bought him a proper evening dress watch as a gift, that matched his other accessories. And I began to knot his ties for him, at which he was hopeless. The cowboy boots were off-limits.

    Well, yah know, he was my guy, and I wanted people to respect him. And the selfish side of me also said this guy comes across like a pretender in rich clothes he doesn't know how to wear, like a kid at the high school prom in rental clothes, and makes me also look like a rube to be with him. So I had to clean his act up a bit, for both our sakes.

    It wasn't easy, since he thought his money automatically bought him class. Sorta like Donald Trump, that pig I've met a few times at cocktail parties. But the difference is that my ex-BF is a nice guy at heart. I hope he someday finds another millionaire, since he always told me he could only have a lasting relationship with a guy as rich as he is. Which I was not.
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    Nov 06, 2015 3:00 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidJust my 2 cents. I've seen many a man (our age) try and get away with a sassy holiday bowtie at formal parties, and it's not always as becoming as it looks in the picture.

    Personally, I think the classic black, in an interesting shape is more attractive on most men than the frou-frou.
    My other thought is it tends to age a man and looks a little more like someone's aunt Clara dressed you up for a small town church event.

    Perhaps if this is something for your Sunday brunch crowd with friends, then perhaps you are batting 1,000. Either way, glad you're thinking ahead since the holidays are truly knocking on the door.

    Some valid observations. The novelty bowtie is not to be worn everywhere. But as the holidays approach we'll be attending a lot of private parties, and fundraisers, all kinds of events where this works.

    As for formal parties, no. I don't singularize myself like that. If it's for Christmas, and there are several functions already on our calendar, I might wear this one, which is not too outré:

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    I can promise you that guys will be wearing much wilder ties than that. Mine will be considered appropriate to the season and conservative, if I can be allowed that word.
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    Nov 06, 2015 3:12 AM GMT
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    I love that pic! I was 60-something there, at a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS. The costume theme was the 1960s-70s.

    My husband came as a pimp. It was so crazy! We have too much fun at these things. Good memories. Needless to say, someone else put those captions on my pic. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 06, 2015 3:16 AM GMT
    Flaguy57 saidI really didn't know the extent of this fucking sicko's obsession with you Art.I'd watch my back if I were you. I bet he lives within a few miles of you.

    Perhaps. His disturbed mind we all recognize. Doesn't phase me a bit. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 06, 2015 5:06 AM GMT
    To me seasonal dressing is ridiculous. Tacky X-mas sweaters, vests, jackets, ties with snowflakes, reindeer, candy canes, etc. are best left to elderly women and small children. Grown men should dress like grownups.
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    Nov 06, 2015 5:11 AM GMT
    Gallifrey saidARROGANT PRETENTIOUS ALCOHOLIC



    It seems you're the one who's got the issues here.
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    Nov 06, 2015 5:12 AM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidTo me seasonal dressing is ridiculous. Tacky X-mas sweaters, vests, jackets, ties with snowflakes, reindeer, candy canes, etc. are best left to elderly women and small children. Grown men should dress like grownups.



    Nah man. It's fun being a little silly during the holidays. I love it. Although I'm not into bow ties unless it's on a tux.
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    Nov 06, 2015 6:06 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidMakes me think of hipster garb....

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    And that's the other thing. Only pasty white, skinny twinks can get away with the bow tie in a non formal setting.
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    Nov 06, 2015 6:10 AM GMT
    ... or 70 y/o professors who are still wearing what was cool when they were undergrads and don't give a shit what you think.
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    Nov 06, 2015 6:22 AM GMT
    mindgarden said... or 70 y/o professors who are still wearing what was cool when they were undergrads and don't give a shit what you think.

    Oh, come on. I see some really hot guys wearing bow ties. Not that I'm one, or that a bow tie will impart that to me.

    But really, just lighten up, the 2 of you. It's just a fun thing to do, and I'm gonna do it. To have a smile and a giggle with my friends. It's not like I'm gonna wear a bow tie all day long, every day. I think you guys take things too seriously, whereas I take very little seriously, least of all myself.
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    Nov 06, 2015 7:12 AM GMT
    No need to get snippy. Knock yourself out, Boo. You don't need my permission nor would I presume to give it. I was just giving my opinion. That's why one posts to online forums - to get feedback, right? Or do you really think we're dying to know every minutiae of your life?

    Personally, I'd never post my style choices online. I don't need or want anyone's approval. I know what works for me and I wear what I want.

    Enjoy your holiday parties dressed as you see fit.
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    Nov 06, 2015 3:24 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidNo need to get snippy. Knock yourself out, Boo. You don't need my permission nor would I presume to give it. I was just giving my opinion. That's why one posts to online forums - to get feedback, right? Or do you really think we're dying to know every minutiae of your life?

    Personally, I'd never post my style choices online. I don't need or want anyone's approval. I know what works for me and I wear what I want.

    Enjoy your holiday parties dressed as you see fit.

    Well sure. I just hoped my style choices would also generate some giggles here, as I know they will among our friends. And maybe cause some RJ guys to think about their own holiday accessories now that we're into November.

    Doesn't have to be bow ties, could be four-in-hand neckties, special vests or sweaters in the northern climes, whatever.
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    Nov 06, 2015 4:08 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    UndercoverMan said...

    Enjoy your holiday parties dressed as you see fit.


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    Doesn't have to be bow ties, could be four-in-hand neckties, special vests or sweaters in the northern climes, whatever.


    Or socks. Coming in a vast fray or colors and patterns, socks have recently become a way to express individuality; although, I've found them cut smaller than regular socks and a bit of a struggle to get on.

    I can handle holiday socks or ties. It's the obnoxious sweaters and vests with the obvious holiday themes I just can't abide. I prefer tartans/plaids.
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    Nov 06, 2015 4:40 PM GMT
    I love this thread (for soooooo many reasons).

    I don't own — nor have I ever worn — a bow tie. But tomorrow night I have an OUT Miami charity event in South Beach that's a bow tie theme. I have no idea whatsoever what to wear and what kind of bow tie to get. I don't think it's formal.

    Also, I have no idea how to tie one but think a clip-on will be classless. ugh. icon_redface.gif

    I'm stumped.

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    Nov 06, 2015 4:47 PM GMT
    David_Lauderdale saidI love this thread (for soooooo many reasons).

    I don't own — nor have I ever worn — a bow tie. But tomorrow night I have an OUT Miami charity event in South Beach that's a bow tie theme. I have no idea whatsoever what to wear and what kind of bow tie to get. I don't think it's formal.

    Also, I have no idea how to tie one but think a clip-on will be classless. ugh. icon_redface.gif

    I'm stumped.


    I think most guys, gay or straight, don't know how to tie a bowtie. Every wedding I've ever been in, there's been that one groomsman going around tying every other groomsman's tie.
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    Nov 06, 2015 11:21 PM GMT
    Are you freakin' kidding me? I'm beat out by another Doctor who gif just three minutes ago while searching for one?

    I friggin' give up.

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    Nov 06, 2015 11:38 PM GMT
    David_Lauderdale saidI love this thread (for soooooo many reasons).

    I don't own — nor have I ever worn — a bow tie. But tomorrow night I have an OUT Miami charity event in South Beach that's a bow tie theme. I have no idea whatsoever what to wear and what kind of bow tie to get. I don't think it's formal.

    Also, I have no idea how to tie one but think a clip-on will be classless. ugh. icon_redface.gif

    I'm stumped.

    Well, a suggestion. "Men's Wearhouse" stores have real bow ties, as well as pre-ties with full neck bands, not clip-ons . If you're in Fort Lauderdale, there's one in those strip malls along US 1, at 1638 N Federal Hwy, just north of Sunrise, a little past the new Trader Joe's on the northbound (East) side. Phone 954-563-3430, 9:30-9 Saturday to confirm. I just spoke with them and they have self-tie bows in black and other colors. but I didn't inquire about all the patterns available.

    As for tying the thing, it's the same knot you use to tie your shoe laces. Only you gotta keep the fabric flat, and the ends both the same length, and you don't have a lot of stuff to work with. There are dozens of online guides you can Google, some animated. Hope that helps.
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    Nov 07, 2015 12:09 AM GMT
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    UndercoverMan saidTo me seasonal dressing is ridiculous. Tacky X-mas sweaters, vests, jackets, ties with snowflakes, reindeer, candy canes, etc. are best left to elderly women and small children. Grown men should dress like grownups.

    Nah man. It's fun being a little silly during the holidays. I love it. Although I'm not into bow ties unless it's on a tux.

    Same with me, until recently. There's been a little bow tie revival in my local social environs. I don't know about other parts of the country.

    Guys show up at fairly casual functions in a shirt or sport jacket, with a bow tie. Actually kinda attractive, and they receive nice compliments. Not gaudy or freakish, nor even forced geeky academic.

    So for holiday events I can see doing it. Hence these ties I just bought. Which join a Valentine's hearts bow I've had about 10 years, that also comes out for the private occasion.