Between the fabulous selection of new-to-us Southern Proper bow-ties at Natty Beau and our sons’ Junior-Senior formal this weekend, we are going a little ga-ga over this men’s wardrobe classic. When we realized that neither of us had ever learned how to tie one of these, we figured that it was about time to add this to our repertoire. You never know when such an obscure skill might save the day. We have even come up with
The Gracious Posse’s Top 10 Reasons for Learning to Tie a Bow-Tie
10. You will always be ready for a costume party.
9. Your pets, Fluffy and Fido, might get invited to the Richmond ASPCA’s annual black tie Fur Ball.
8. With so many good-looking options available, a bow-tie makes a handsome gift for your hard-to-buy-for husband, even if he doesn’t know how to tie one.
7. Clip-ons are for little boys.
6. If this Gracious Posse gig doesn’t work out, we might find ourselves moonlighting at a fancy French restaurant waiting tables.
5. It’s a life skill to add to your resume.
4. It would make a neat party trick at your next posse gathering.
3. Like a boy scout, you will be prepared for any fashion emergency at a wedding or debutante ball.
2. Your husband gets invited to the Masters on the same weekend that your son is attending his first prom.
1. It’s a stealth way to bond with your son (and maybe even impress him along the way).
Now aren’t you ready to master this skill?
We got a bit confused between steps 5 and 6, so we went to the ultimate place for demonstrations: YouTube. After perusing a myriad of videos on the topic and many practice attempts, we are confident that we have conquered the bow tie. We are so proud of ourselves that we felt a tutorial for our unpracticed posse would be in order.
Otherwise someone might think that it was a clip-on, and you wouldn’t want that. So come on and give it a try. You might have so much fun that you end up decorating a room
Remember . . .
Real men wear real bow ties.
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