Bow Tie Day

How could I be a Doctor Who fan and not celebrate Bow Tie Day on August 28? I love how Days of the Year begin their remarks about this holiday: “A whirling noise in the distance, followed by a male in a bow tie and a female in a summer dress running out of a blue police box. A small wooden puppet with a large blue bow tie that is still there when the puppet comes to life. Or a sharply dressed man hunting around for information in order to save the world from annihilation. … 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.” I must admit, however, that the second person I think of wearing a bow tie is Bill Nye, the Science Guy.

Before there were bow ties, in the 17th century, soldiers in Croatia wore cravats to tie their shirts together. The French soldiers saw this during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) and brought the idea home, but it didn’t really catch on until 1886 when a tobacco magnate Pierre Lorillard wore one with his new style of formal wear to the Tuxedo Club. He made a hit, and from then on, bow ties became part of men’s formal wear. If you want to learn to tie a proper bow tie, you can find the instructions on a site called

In modern day, bow ties can be seen as eccentric, as fashionable, or as a throwback to another era. It’s up to the wearer to carry off the image he wants to present. As is put in the essay, “In Defense of the Bow Tie,” by Ellis Perry, “Don’t wear a Bow to stand-out. Wear it to be Outstanding.”

Quotes about bow ties

Wearing a bow tie is a statement. Almost an act of defiance.–Rick Kaplan

To its devotees the bowtie suggests iconoclasm of an Old World sort, a fusty adherence to a contrarian point of view. The bowtie hints at intellectualism, real or feigned, and sometimes suggests technical acumen, perhaps because it is so hard to tie. BowTies are worn by magicians, country doctors, lawyers and professors and by people hoping to look like the above. But perhaps most of all, wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an aggressive lack of concern for what other people think.–Warren St. John

When you wear a bow tie, doors open for you. Your posture is a little more erect; your shoulders are a little further back; your style is a little more dynamic. It’s about the reestablishment of the gentleman.–Dhani Jones

See the bowtie? I wear it and I don’t care. That’s why it’s cool.–Steven Moffat

Read about a few men who wear (or wore) bow ties as an act of defiance, and check out a tie that makes a strong statement. Bow ties are cool.–Matt Smith

You can’t dribble on bow ties.–Dr. Seuss

As a southern man, there’s two things I’m definitely not scared of: bow ties and white pants.–Justin Townes Earle

I was a show-off as a kid. I was wearing bow ties and matching coloured trousers.–Mika

My father was a very good Boy Scout. He was very skilled with knots, and he showed me how to tie a bow tie.–Bill Nye

I was a ‘Laurel and Hardy’ nut. I got to know Laurel at the end of his life, and it was a great thrill for me. He left me his bow tie and derby and told me that if they ever made a movie about him, he’d want me to play him.–Dick Van Dyke

A gentleman can never have too many bow ties.–Justin Timberlake

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