|A list of bow tie devotees reads like a Who's Who of rugged individualists.|
— The New York Times, 2005
Now I know how to tie a bowtie.
Until today, all I could manage was a vile clip-on. Now I join James Bond, Clark Kent, and Dr. Buckaroo Banzai in the league of men who can rock a bowtie. Of course, there's minus style points for rednecks in bowties, so not all men can, will, or should wear one of these things. But let's face facts: it takes skill to tie one, and not every man has that skill.
I find the bowtie quite a bit more comfortable than the necktie. A bowtie will size itself to fit a man's neck precisely, without too much tightness or slack. It refuses to fly around in the wind, and you won't stain it while eating soup. Tying the perfect bowtie only tells the world that you are wearing a clip-on. A little skew in the knot seems to make it sit better somehow.