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National Bow Tie Day

National Bow Tie Day is a day for the necktie that resembles a bow. The roots of the bow tie go back to the 17th century, when Croatian mercenaries during the Thirty Years' War wore scarves around their necks to hold together the openings of their shirts. The upper class of France began wearing the scarves, which were then known as cravats, and were popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. It is from cravats that the modern-day bow tie descends. Bow ties are most often associated with formal events such as weddings and black tie events, or the even more formal white tie events. But, bow ties can be worn in more casual settings as well. Sometimes they are seen as being worn by those who are old fashioned, cerebral, or nerdy, and although they have not been as popular as the four-in-hand necktie, they have made a resurgence in recent years. Men or most often times associated with wearing the bow tie, but since the 1980's many women have been donning them. Bow ties can be self-tie, pre-tied, or clip-on, and there are also many different shapes that bow ties can be.

How to Observe National Bow Tie Day

Sure, you could buy and wear a clip-on bow tie to celebrate the day, but if there ever was a day to finally take the time and teach yourself how to tie your own bow tie, this is it. It may take a little effort, but here is a video and directions to help you succeed. If you already are an avid bow tie wearer, this day is especially for you! Many have celebrated wearing a bow tie in the past, so you are not alone.

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