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The Tie's the Limit

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Hey Sammy!

I've recently been having an inclination to wear bow ties. But the only way I've seen them be worn is with a collared shirt. Is there any other casual way I can wear it? Because I don't exactly wear formal dress on a daily basis.



Hi Leah!

Love, love, love your question. One of the coolest things about being a chick is that we have total license to crossover into menswear territory while still looking chic, feminine and oh so sophisticated. A straight dude can't really get away with rocking a skirt, knee highs and garters, that is, unless he's Scottish.

Yes, bow ties are indeed traditionally paired with the crisp and classic button down long-sleeved shirt... but I do have some ideas and inspiration that will keep you from looking like a Catholic school girl, a Presidential hopeful, and/or a Future Business Leader of America.

Here are a few snaps to get you started (*all ties featured are from Asos).


Clockwise from top left:

Traditional: Pretty standard, this is your basic bow tie look. To keep the basic from looking boring, go for a mullet look - wear it with a cute pair of shorts or skirt showcasing a colorful and vibrant print or pattern. You can even get away with denim cutoffs. That way you'll be all business on top, all party on the bottom.

Feminine: Who says all button downs have to be formal? Tie a floral bow tie on a sleeveless button down made with fem fabrics for a look that's sugar and spice and everything nice. I'd go with lace or chiffon button down blouses that are also totally on trend this summer.

Edgy: An instant way to deformalize your bow tie ensemble is to wear it with a denim shirt. Again, a sleeveless option is great for the season. Go against the grain with novelty neckties that are anything like what you'd find in your grandpa's closet, i.e. the embroidered double bull head tie pictured above. If you still don't want to be tied down to a button down shirt, just clip a pin on bow tie at the low neck of a basic tee for an ultra club casual look.

Preppy: The old school tie with a twist. A thin, almost sheer top + structured ladylike shorts + a matching print tie = pretty preppy as opposed to super stuffy.

Need some more inspiration? Check out more hip chicks rocking the trend over at Ladies in Bow Ties Fan with looks that are fresh, sexy and downright bowdacious.



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i am going to try the floral tie idea!

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