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Bow Ties

The bow tie dates back to the 17th century during the Prussian wars, when Croatian mercenaries used scarves to hold the openings of their shirts together. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the French upper classes used bow ties as a sign of the aristocracy and a fashion-forward royal court. Now, after a slight decline in popularity, the bow tie is back and bolder than ever.

The 21st-century versions are printed and studded to perfection. No longer just for formal occasions, this accessory is commonly worn during the day with alternative looks. For instance, one might wear colored khakis, a dress shirt, combat boots and a studded bow tie. Designers are feeding the consumer’s want, need and opportunity to be different. Tying on these updated bow ties is a way for men (and women) to show confidence in their appearance.

Want to try a bow tie? No time is better than the holidays to rock a unique bow while mingling with family. Switching up your style says a lot to others. Make this holiday season the one where you shine. For a glam look, add a few rhinestones to your tie. Pictured above are just a few ways you can rock a bow tie, but personal interpretations are encouraged. Remember: Go bold or be boring!