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I dont get to wear ties every day, but with some regularity. Mostly regular ties, but every now and then I break out the bow ties. Its always some type of comment, like "Oh, you're wearing a BOW tie!" or whatever. But today, nothing. So whats worse -- a bunch of annoying comments, or none at all???:confused:
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It has always seemed that it takes a certain amount of panache to wear a bow tie. A Trait lacking in most men; also:

They have no idea how to tie one, (roughly 95%), and;

Are a bit jealous of those that do, and can pull it off.
 

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I tend to only wear them to church or to parties. I'm known to wear them and I really don't care what other people think but I do think they make a bit of a statement and in some settings it might come off as slightly odd. They wouldn't be well received in my office, for instance, and I'd rather not listen to the snarky commentary all day long. I was at a large gathering the other night, for instance, and there was only one bow tie wearer. It was pretty obvious he was trying awfully hard to be different.
 

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It means that you've finally passed that point where people question you about it - it must now be part of your persona. Enjoy the silence. You weren't wearing the bows to get comments, right?
You're right paperclip. I do believe its part of my persona. People know that I do dress well, and includes a few things MA folks arent used to (seersucker (or madras) in the summer, nice pocket squares, and occaisional bow tie). You are also correct that I dont wear them for the comments. I just have my own style. It works for me. Its funny, when I wrote the original post, I was doing it almost tongue in cheek, but I really like the responses everyone has brought to the discussion.
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I usually get addressed as "Professor." :icon_smile_big:

Although one time I was wearing a suit and bow tie in a Ralph Lauren store and one of the employees came up to me and started talking to me like I was a fellow employee. When I mentioned I didn't work there she got this horrified look on her face and profusely apologized. How embarrassing for her.
 

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Great comments, all. I started wearing bows this past summer, and after a flurry of comparisons to Paul Simon (the late senator, not the musician/composer), the office has adapted. I still get comments outside the workplace, and they're without exception compliments--and I don't think I'm getting smoke blown up my skirt. Strangers in elevators smile and genuinely want to talk to you, which might not suit all, but is fine by me. I wear them roughly 50-50 now, but I expect that percentage to rise in favor of the bow. Besides being, in my view, more elegant, they're infinitely more practical. Less susceptible to food stains, you can wear them with a lightweight, light-colored merino v-neck sweater on top because there's no tie hanging down underneath to show through. I'm not sure if they're coming back, but I don't really care. They work for me.
 
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