[Pictured: Recently snagged Epaulet black watch bow tie x Black Fleece club collar oxford.]
Bow ties have made quite the impression recently. While some may view the neckwear as "quirky", "irrelevant" or inherently southern, I really don't see this as any reason to be up in arms. In my eyes the bow tie is nothing more than a simple way to liven things up. Any dandy will agree that the bow tie makes an instant statement and all guys should have at least a few in their arsenal to break out during formal occasions or otherwise. The bow tie is not just reserved for proms and weddings, but instead it's a great alternative that when worn correctly can really pull an outfit together. In these colder months, a heavier fabric bow tie combined with an oxford and jeans makes a great look even for a simple night out.
As with anything else, you want to keep your bow tie slim and simple. I would stay away from any gaudy prints or massive widths so that the bow tie doesn't overpower the rest of what you have going on. The bow tie on its own is going to be an attention drawer, which is a good thing, so there is no need to go overboard. Don't buy a pre-tied version as they are much easier to tie than others will probably suggest, not to mention when you do it yourself you can "mess" it up for a little disheveled elegance. There are a ton of great bow ties available (a little more on that tomorrow) and here are some of my current favorites...
Pierrepont Hicks Fergus...$59.00
Fine and Dandy Shop Burgundy Striped Houndstooth...$39.00