At Columbia U. Consignments last fall, I found a Brooks Brothers bow tie with a maroon background and navy and white stripes. The asking price was $25.00. I hadn’t posted any photos of me actually wearing it. So here goes. An unironed and somewhat rumpled 100% cotton blue oxford cloth button hides under a classic navy blazer. But rumpled is preppy, a look that might be taken as an indication that I just don’t give a damn.
Having stripes that are straight rather than slanted, which is more common, makes this bow tie challenging. The correct look is to position the stripes on each end with a block of stripes in the middle, as I have it tied in the photo. Maybe I do give a damn. Mixed messages today.