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Bow Ties

Good Wednesday, dear readers, and welcome to a new Wednesday Vintage. Today is all about the wonderful accessorie loved by nerds and hipsters alike: the bow tie!

For the history of the bow tie, let me quote shamelessly from Wikipedia: “The bow tie originated among Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian wars of the 17th century: the Croat mercenaries used a scarf around the neck to hold together the opening of their shirts. This was soon adopted (under the name cravat, derived from theFrench for “Croat”) by the upper classes in France, then a leader in fashion, and flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries.” As we see, the great tie has a long, proud history. And they come in all sorts of patterns and colours!

Stripes and a Vili Flik favourite: polkadots!


Shiny party bows!

And, you knew it was coming: Tartan! Wheee!

In addition, some great people have worn a bow tie in their time:

The magnificent Oscar Wilde, sporting a rather large bow tie

Winston Churchill with polkadots (great dress sense, that man)

The lovely Stephen Fry, also with polkadots.

And, of course, the Mad Hatter.

Despite this being an accessorie typically associated with men, women can also pull this off, none better than Marlene Dietrich:

Bring the bow tie back, I say! However, I think the eleventh Doctor said it best:

“Bow ties are cool!”

Love, Mari


2 responses

  1. Ane

    I agree, bow ties are cool and more men should wear them.

    February 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

  2. Absolutely! And we saw some of the bow ties you made at Pryd Pop Up, Ane, and they were fabulous!

    Readers, you can take a look yourselves here:!/album.php?id=148641271838947&aid=24246 🙂

    February 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

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