Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bow Tie Tuesday


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.



8 comments:

  1. I agree, real men wear bow ties, but really real men wear bow ties made in America from bowtie.com or www.bowtieclub.com

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  2. ...and some real men actually have the manliness to throw caution to the wind and make their own! I have a growing collection of bowties I have made from Hawaiian shirt, cool pattern prints & even some wicked solids. I am known as "Bow Tie Man" by chorus students around the state of New Hampshire. I've been wearing them for a decade or so now, because bow ties ARE for every day! Indeed, I get more comments when I wear no tie, or *gasp* a neck tie! Bow ties rock man! And yes, Real Men do indeed wear Bow Ties!

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  3. I'm so glad to see the responses for bow tie Tuesday. I'd love to learn how to make one myself.

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  4. You can make it yourself --> http://www.marthastewart.com/264418/bow-ties.
    Or buy one made by a local 10-year-old --> http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/jan/15/throwing-bows.

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  5. You can make it yourself --> http://www.marthastewart.com/264418/bow-ties.
    Or buy one made by a local 10-year-old --> http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/jan/15/throwing-bows.

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  6. I love this. I teach middle school (7th grade) with at-risk students in a title 1 school. We do pigtail thursday. Even some of the boys participate.

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  7. GEORGE E. ELLISONMarch 19, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    WONDERFUL, WONDERUL, WONDERUL. TEACHERS AND STUDENTS WEARING WEARING BOWTIES THE SAME DAY. YOU ALL LOOK GREAT!!! KEEP IT UP.
    THE FACT THE STUDENTS WANT TO WEAR THE BOWTIES IS THE BEST PART.

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