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February 25, 2008

Pre-Tied Bowties: Why Not Just Wear Sweatpants?

Filed under: Bad Fashion,Celebrity,Formal Wear,Men's Fashion,Ties — theMaterialist @ 2:37 pm

I think pre-tied regular ties (four-in-hands) are now only found on uniformed security guards, doormen, and other rental outfits. They seem to have correctly assumed the social stigma of a teenager wearing velcro shoes because he hasn’t figured out how to tie shoe laces. Are you a child?

It is indeed sad state of affairs, then, when the same knot used for your shoelaces cannot be successfully duplicated on the necks of dozens of grown men at an event known for its clothing and televised for millions of viewers.

Dear John Travolta, I ask you. I ask your stylists. I ask the designer who probably gave you that tuxedo. How did you decide on a pre-tied bowtie? And how did you decide on the most awful, symetrical, perfect, bowtie the world has ever seen?

For comparison, last year Peter O’Toole, a proper old fart, most certainly got it right.

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  1. There is nothing wrong with Travolta’s bow tie. What made him look horrible was the cut of his jacket (which you can’t see in this picture) that made him look like a whale. And the whole look is boring of course. The bow tie is the least of his concerns.

    Comment by Jeff the Baptist — February 26, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

  2. And good God, at least he wore a bow tie. This whole development of standard neckties with formal wear is awful. And then you get yahoos like Casey Affleck who can’t even tie a necktie properly.

    Comment by Jeff the Baptist — February 26, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

  3. Why is all commentary so negative? Is this what clothing’s about?
    I bet Mr Travolta feels great in his tux and tie; isn’t that what it’s all about?
    Perhaps I would make different choices than he did, but isn’t that the point about dressing, that we all do it differently? When did our personal aesthetics become a basis to dismiss someone else’s?

    Comment by anonymous — March 2, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

  4. I think that we all agree re: the poor taste in other celebrities’ attire. The primary point here, is that while someone had the good sense to have him wear a bow, but remarkably did not have enough sense to have him actually wear one – it looks like he is 5 and his cruel parents clipped a tie around his neck. ;)

    Comment by Cordovan — March 3, 2008 @ 12:02 am

  5. And only a real bow tie can be undone and worn rakishly around a man’s neck at the end of the night.

    Comment by Phyllis — March 3, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  6. Just a note- police and security guards wear pre-tied, clip-on ties to avoid providing people they might be wrestling with a convenient handle. The clip-ons just spring free, rather than strangling the guard or officer.

    Comment by just a comment — March 11, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

  7. What kind of a pompous bastard would make such a remark about the way a
    person dresses ? Are you really ignorant or stupid as well.My father has authritis
    in both hands and he likes bow ties.Jesus, what snobs you must be !!!

    Comment by Jim Price — September 10, 2008 @ 4:23 pm

  8. we should wear anything we want to wear no matter how it looks
    people should not judge us by how we look
    if u are a good person people should like you but you should atleast make sense with your clothes not just wear it and look goofy people should not judge you the way you dress

    Comment by mark — October 3, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

  9. Not too mention notch lapels on a dinner jacket. Blech…

    Comment by Justin Luddington — December 28, 2008 @ 1:32 am

  10. Not *to* mention. Sorry.

    Comment by Justin Luddington — December 28, 2008 @ 1:33 am

  11. Never mind. Those are peaks. Just gross ones with the collar as wide as the peak.

    Comment by Justin Luddington — December 28, 2008 @ 1:34 am

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