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There have been many famous bow tie-wearing heroes over the years. Many of which will be close to your heart. A faint whirring noise in the distance followed by the appearance of a blue police box. A small wooden puppet with a large blue bow tie wishing to come to life. Or a sharply dressed man with a license to kill.

All three examples are notable by a bow tie that the character wears. Whether it be the Doctor from Dr. Who, Pinocchio, or James Bond, each wears a bow tie very well and accentuates it for that very character.

History of National Bow Tie Day

The bow tie has its origins, not in France like many thinks, but in Croatia. The French military forces had seen the way the Croatian soldiers tied the necktie in order to keep the collars of their shirts together during the Thirty Year War.

After that, tobacco magnate Pierre Lorillard wore one to the Tuxedo Club, and his black and white fashion sense blossomed into becoming the Tuxedo we know currently in fashion. Typically the bow tie is worn as an accessory to accentuate the neck, helping draw eyes up to the face and away from the shoulders and chest.

How to celebrate National Bow Tie Day

Snag a bow tie and wear it! It is that simple, although tying a bow tie isn’t! Many pieces of clothing can be paired with the flourished bow, and probably the most notable look is the button-up shirt. Sure, it may look a little dated, but the classics never truly die…. bow ties have been worn by people looking to make better impressions since the 17th century.

Many characters have been notably wearing bow ties, including the ever-popular James Bond, in all of his different actors, the bow tie is always there, giving the actor an air of distinguished quality. There has been the infamous Dr. Nye, who wears a bow tie while explaining how, and why, science works.

His quote, “If you’re working with liquid nitrogen and your tie falls into it, it’s funny in a way to the audience but it’s also — pun intended — a little bit of a pain in the neck.” really drives home the differences between a necktie and a bow tie. So don’t underestimate the use of this small, but extremely elegant addition to your dressing up, and wear them with pride this National Bow Tie Day!

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