National Bow Tie Day 2017 is August 28
The bow tie set the new fashion style of neckties in the early 17th century. French soldiers brought the cravat back to France following the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). They elevated the design from Croatian soldiers that used this necktie to keep the collars of their shirts together.
In 1886, tobacco magnate, Pierre Lorillard wore a bow tie with his new style of formal wear to the Tuxedo Club. The tuxedo and black bow tie, called black tie attire, became an instant hit among wealthy fashion enthusiasts.
The bow tie has been worn by great American bow tie connoisseurs such as Sinatra and Martin, Jerry Lewis, Humphrey Bogart, Orville Redenbacher, Colonel Sanders, Barney Fife, Charlie Chaplin, Pee-wee Herman and Bill Nye-the Science Guy. The bow tie has found itself as a compliment to many design styles.
Marlene Dietrich donned a bow tie and top hat in her 1930s film “Morocco.” The bow tie is for those that have an eclectic style of wardrobe, like notables Janelle Monae, Rihanna, and Drew Barrymore.
The bow tie has been revamped to tie into the wardrobe of the fashionably astute. It is an accessory that has withstood the test of time. Every person that incorporates a bow tie into their wardrobe has a special attachment to every piece of clothing that they own. No longer just constructed of black silk, the bow tie comes in a plethora of colors and fabrics to suite an individual’s unique taste. For more history on the bow tie click here.
The number of Google searches for a bow tie outnumbers the searches for a necktie, 31.4 million to 12.3 million.
In Croatia, October 18th is Cravat Day commemorating Croatia’s part in the history of this men’s accessory.