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How to Rock a Bow Tie this Summer

Rocking a bow tie can be an art. One that if done poorly, can be a disaster. But the good news is, it's also an art that can be mastered with a few tips, a little inspiration, and a great bow tie. 

The warmer season of formal events is upon us; weddings, garden parties, and horse-racing are all summer activities that are perfect occasions to pull out your dapper-est accessory from its glorious display and put it to use. We're talking, of course, about the bow tie. 

Keep in mind that bow ties are not a strictly formal accessory in this day and age. A little historical fact is that bow ties originated in the 17th century as a quick solution to keep the top of Croatian mercenary uniforms tied together. Eventually, upper class French would wear them as a fashion accessory who, as we know, have the ability to make anything cool and "sophistique."

Here, we present you with some tips and picture inspiration. Enjoy!

 

Navy is a safe way to go, yet always gentlemanly.

 Lets be serious, anything Joseph Gordon-Levitt wears is automatically dapper. But really, a little matching never hurt anyone and is a super easy look to put together.

Picture courtesy of http://www.mensfashionmagazine.com/

If you're really ready to rock this trend, try a diamond point bow tie with or without some unique suspenders. Or you can just experiment with one thing at a time, there will be kudos either way! (picture courtesy of http://www.mensfashionmagazine.com/)

Gingham is the perfect summer bow tie. Pair it with a complimenting solid pocket square.

A brighter bow tie with print goes great with a chambray button up. (picture courtesy of http://gentlemenstie.tumblr.com/)

Mix up a classic tuxedo with an interesting bow tie and some aviators and you're wedding ready!  (picture courtesy of axelbruiz21 on Instagram, check him out!)

Gossip Girl character Chuck Bass knew how to get attention from ladies, no doubt helped out by his bow tie style. Obviously, male readers, we're sure you don't already know this because of course you haven't watched the show… Right?