Boys and Bow Ties

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Every time it is time to get dressed up, I am met with a bit of hesitance from my boys. Don’t get me wrong, they love to get dressed up, but it’s that initial, dragging of the feet, having to get ready, because they would obviously be happy in the jeans, tees, and sweaters! Rocking teen boys in fashion is very black or white as my teens either love the look or hate it, making it quite difficult to gauge when something might be a success or a flop.

Sometimes “the best laid plans of mice and men” just don’t go as planned.  I honestly have to say, getting boys dressed versus getting my daughter set to be dressed is a bit of a struggle.  I have one son that is a clothing horse, and the other who is a  minimalist making their likes so diverse.  Shopping is a challenge, but I did find light at the end of the tunnel and this is my story of boys and bow ties as I lavishly live fashion out loud!

The Crisis With Dressing Boys 

We attended a wedding just a few months ago, and in a pinch to make my oldest son get dressed up for the occasion, we took one of my husband’s old bow ties from his tux and we added it to the his outfit and suddenly, lavish leftovers in a drawer meshed with a bow tie created a style he liked and rocked! Now both boys have decided that bow ties actually fit their style.This is my story of boys and bow ties.

We had set out all the clothes for the wedding we were about to attend as a family, ahead of time, and everything was pressed, washed, and looked great.  One thing I forgot was the tie for my oldest on and he was all too happy when he came in dawning his outfit sins a tie! My husband quickly sifted through his ties to find one that would match the outfit but not really overdress him since he was already kind of at the edge of battle with us over the tie thing.

Not wanting to turn this into a debate or even the thought that he was going to go without a tie, we took one of my husband’s old tux bow ties and let it rock! The results were great and now the boys have decided that they LOVE bow ties and that it makes their outfits strut fashion.This is how the passion for Bow Ties began in our home.

Now my youngest son wanted to mimic his brother, and of course they are both using the ties, that we found from Weybridge 1761 .  The ties are Norwich Silver and Montgomery Yellow, and each is pre-tied and adjustable.  The ties are not just for guys, or boys, they are for both guys and boys.  My youngest is just entering into early tweens and it fits quite nicely because we could adjust it, with a sliding adjustable piece.

Here is my son wearing the Montgomery Yellow Pre-Tied Bow.  This is the perfect look for the season and we paired it up with a plaid lined jacket, so he could get ‘the look’.  My son was able to put this particular bow tie on himself as it is a simple hooking mechanism.  The neck easily adjusts with a pull of the adjustable strap.

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We styled this look up a bit by adding in his glasses(above Photo), but you can also change the look drastically if you take off the glasses as you will see in the next photo! This is great to know for the Teen and Twenty-Something’s that love to use the Glasses as ‘accent’ only pieces and create that more sophisticated and styled look.  The versatility in styling makes a bow tie perfect for all genre.

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The bow ties sit flush with the neckline and do not hinder buttoning down the tabs on the collar. I was very pleased with the final look and you can see the smile on his face.   Here is different look, it is called the Norwich Silver(he stole it from his brother).  I like

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These are our find from Weybridge 1761 and they are just 2 of hundreds of choices available on the website. The style of a bow tie takes on a life of its own and the bow ties can be dressed up or dressed down.  If you are looking to dress up an outfit, throw on Khakis, but if you want to keep it simple, just a shirt, with the sleeves cuffed up, and perhaps a sweater vest.  The college cardigan look wears well with a bow tie too and of course dressing it down you could just add hightops and slim-fitting jeans.  Dressing it up would be more with jackets, suits, and dress shirts as well as dress shoes.

When it is time to go out my kids just grab their dress shirts, and their ties and away we go.  We don’t have to worry about the occasion being dressy or not, the ties just function endlessly with all looks.  Hopefully my tale of the ease of dressing will help you with Boys and Bow Ties and getting dressed up for any occasion!