Are you looking for a way to add a little pizzazz to your outfits? Pattern bow ties are the way to go. There is something distinguished and refined about wearing a bow tie and when you wear one with a pattern, you up the wow factor. People will want to get a closer look just to see what exactly is on your bow tie. They definitely make a great conversation starter! Whether you only wear one to black tie events or like to include them in your daily wear, shop our eclectic assortment of bow ties for the pattern that speaks to you. Once a purely formal accessory, the bow tie has evolved throughout the fashion years in such a way that they can be found in many casual settings. Scan any glossy magazine or fashion blog and you will see that many men and women have learned how to incorporate the bow tie into their everyday style. Thanks to such Old Hollywood starlets as Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich, women have long been sporting this once male-only accessory. Some of our favorite pattern bow tie combinations include wearing a solid-colored button-down shirt with a bow tie in a complementary bold print such as plaid or check or with a suit at a wedding bedecked with your favorite team's logo. For those who are looking for a little bit of history behind this fashion accessory, we share the following tidbits: the bow tie gained popularity at the start of the nineteenth century and was a modification of its predecessor - the cravat (a wide strip of fabric worn around the neck and tucked inside an open-necked shirt). The tradition of adorning one's neck with fabric dates all the way back to the 17th century where the Croatian soldiers of the Thirty Years War were believed to be one of the first men documented to wear a necktie. In 1886, Pierre Lorillard is credited with designing what is now known as "black tie" attire including the traditional tuxedo and bow tie look.
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