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British Bow Ties And Not-So-Normal Menswear

Dec 6, 2010 By Lauren Valenti

Attention men everywhere, it’s time to loosen up your long neckties and leave your boring, old suits at home. Bow ties, satin tuxedos, scarves, and denim shirts are the new It-items for menswear. According to GQ British and their latest editorial, Hip/Tux it’s all about mixing and matching new fabrics and colors with men’s formal-wear. It’s kind of like that saying, out with the old and in with the new, except bow ties aren’t even new, they are actually an old concept. But, for a fashion trend report’s sake let’s just say they are new-ish. Thanks to popular TV shows like Mad Men and Gossip Girl, the bow tie has gained a lot of popularity recently. The bow tie is no longer limited to formal-wear-only stores either, it is popping up in stores everywhere like American Apparel and Urban Outfitters.

As for the mixing up of tuxedo fabrics, GQ British suggests satin because of its shiny quality; they say it reflects light perfectly indoors. Stylist David Lamb mixed satin suits into this editorial’s wardrobe, along with crisp white butt-on up shirts, denim button-up shirts, silk scarves, fringed scarves, and even knit scarves. Models, Greg Payne and Josh Parkinson both look extremely polished in these new menswear combinations; maybe GQ is redefining their signature, classic style with this editorial? Who knows, but it just goes to show that there are fashion-forward options for mens formal-wear. Although I will admit, I am a sucker for a man in a penguin suit.


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