The Wall Street Journal's "Bow Ties Turn Up on the Cool Crowd" article seeks to deliver a shocking expose on the resurgence of the bow tie.
This wouldn't be the first time we've responded the WSJ, after a questionable condoning of popping collars. But, to this somewhat self-proclaimed groundbreaking report on bow ties being popular again I can only respond with a befuddled "duh?"
Maybe it's because I work in fashion. Maybe it's because I live in New York. Maybe it's because I'm gay and it's almost an inherency that homosexual men veer towards that which is far-fetched, uncouth and extreme in fashion (while still being on top of trends), but to try and publish with such authority that the bow tie is back just seems like stating the painfully obvious. I mean, they're everywhere! I'll concede on the worthwhileness of noting that bow tie sales are up, but to have other blogs respond in such a manner as men.style.com -- which operates basically in tandem with fellow Conde Nast published brother GQ who has been pitching the bow tie for seasons -- with not just recognition but acclamation such as "looks like the bow tie's semi-bizarre comeback is now official: It's even made the pages of The Wall Street Journal," is a little gratuitous. And just because they are showing up in more and more collections and on the necks of hipsters, did they really every go anywhere? As far as I'm concerned, as long as they were tied right, matched right and sized right they were always a solid accessories choice.