"Cloth dealers, prestigious tailors and enlightened amateurs would speak of the advantages of Harris tweed in purely practical terms, the only elegant way to discuss men’s garments"-Farid Chennoune
Australian men have recently in the last year or so developed a passion for the bow tie. The tastefulness of
wearing bow ties is not questionable however the tastefulness of the way they have been worn is something which has irked me. Unlike the tie with well established conventions, the resurgence of the bow tie has not been accompanied by a wealth of information detailing the importance of tying the bow tie as well as playing with its status as an accessory with ambiguous connotations which is reliant on the overall ensemble and the context in which it is worn.
Essential reading is Rob Shield’s Essay ‘A Tale or Three Louis: Ambiguity, Masculinity and the Bow Tie’ published in the ‘The Men’s Fashion Reader (2009)’ edited by Peter McNeil and Vicki Karaminas which traces the historical development of the bow tie and explains the plethora of conflicting messages it communicates. The most sophisticated dressers I feel have an intuitive grasp of the inherent ambiguity of the bow ties and have embraced its ‘unstable double coding’.