Real men wear bow ties.The bow tie is such a risky article of clothing. Wear it right and you look urbane and debonair; wear it wrong and you look like a clown. About six months ago I was feeling sartorially frisky and decided to buy one. I ordered this one off amazon.com, and my wife picked up another from Urban Outfitters (pictured above.)
Of course, I had no idea how to tie the darn thing. Even The Art of Manliness, which has a wonderful tutorial on tying regular neck ties (I'm a half windsor man, myself), was unable to help. I had to check out a few youtube videos, none of which was really satisfactory, before I could get my tie looking somewhat normal.
Next came the hardest part--going out in public. Have I mentioned that I am a high school teacher, surrounded by 800 wise-cracking smart-aleck kids? 'Cause I am. Nevertheless, I walked into the building one Tuesday sporting my new bow tie.
The first kid who saw me complimented me. I told him "Thanks." So did the next and the next. I walked through the halls with my chin held high, and bow tie Tuesday was born.
These days, lots of the students and faculty (male and female) wear bow ties each Tuesday. Above is a picture from yesterday of a few of them showing off their stuff with Mr. Sillah and myself. Other students were disappointed to hear that they missed the photo shoot and pleaded with me to bring my camera to school next week as well.
So, to all of you young men--it's time to celebrate your maleness. Remember what Mr. Brame teaches you:
- Real men read books.
- Real men write poetry.
- Real men wear bow ties.