Swell Neckwear: The Cordial Churchman’s Bow Ties


Bow ties get a bad rap. Some people think they are just for little boys, or awards ceremonies. BUT THEY ARE WRONG.

Sure the neck tie is a standard-bearer, and the skinny tie is back with a vengeance, which I happen to think is pretty cool. To be truly swell you have to consider a bow tie. I am not talking the cheap clip ons or the pre-tied ones that button in the back but a real live bonafide bow tie that you have to learn how to tie. This is a fantastic vintage look that will never go out of style and looks great from casual to “black tie”. There are a few places to get one if you look a little bit, but there is one place  that has it down to an art form, I have a couple of these myself.  They are handmade in every color and pattern imaginable. Every wardrobe needs at least a couple of bow ties.

I took the liberty of borrowing a recent post from The Cordial Churchman’s blog and showing it to you here:

366 Bow Ties: Day 51

Sometimes you put the jean jacket and the desert boots away and you dress like a bona fide grown up. Maybe even like an old man. This was one of those times. For no particular reason, of course. Just ’cause.

I’m fond of the notion that one should never have to feel like one should apologize for, as people say, “dressing up”. Dressing up by Downton Abbey standards, of course, meant putting on white tie, not a gray chambray like this one with a pale green button-down oxford and a herringbone tweed. And khakis–how casual! Loafers?? (Oak Street Bootmakers loafers, in this instance. Boy do I love these shoes.)

But in our day and age, this sort of rig is really pushing it. I went into the bank to get some cash and received the “sir” treatment from every teller with which I made eye contact. I like this, I’ll admit. They probably all laughed at me upon my exit, but hey–I made off with cash and at least the lip service of respect. I’ll take what I can get.

We’ve done a few gray chambrays already in 2012, but this is a new fabric, and hence a new bow. Get this very bow tie, in all its diamond-pointed glory, along with a heap of “yes, sirs”, at a slight discount here.



 You need to check this guy out, and get a couple of these bow ties, because The Cordial Churchman….Knows how to be swell

2 responses to “Swell Neckwear: The Cordial Churchman’s Bow Ties

  1. Pingback: The Skinny Tie | How to be Swell

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