The 10 Ugliest Bow Ties Money Can Buy

When it comes to men’s neckwear, you’d be surprised how expensive Ugly can get. I’ve scoured the internet for The World’s 10 Ugliest Bow Ties to keep away from when hunting for the perfect piece.

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    #10 The Wooden Bow Tie: There's nothing worse than a well dressed man ruining his ensemble with one of these surprisingly popular $65 wooden bow ties. Have you fallen victim to this fashion craze? Re-gift it as a paper weight, use it as a mixing spoon, use it as a ping-pong paddle. Just please, for god's sake, don't call it a bow tie.
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    #9 The 3-D Printed Bow Tie:What were the jerks at Monocircus thinking when they designed this thing? It looks like something out of a Dr. Who loving, arduino fiddling, theater nerd's wet dream. At $113 a piece, maybe they can print themselves a girlfriend.
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    #8 The Oliver Python Leather Snakeskin Bow Tie: Are you a top or a bottom? Send the right message with this $275 Christopher Chaun bow tie made from the skin of a python and underlined with lamb. While I'd call python leather inappropriate for most occasions, I predict this bow tie to be the go-to accessory at this year's famed Folsom Street Fair.
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    #7 The Peacock Feather Bow Tie: This $189 bow tie really flipped my bird. Don't let the designers at Brackish fool you - their selections of hand-picked peacock plumage will not get you laid.
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    #6 The Paper Bow Tie: A hand-made paper bow tie by 1010designstudio on Etsy for $25.90. Etsy continues to fight capitalism and consumer waste by providing a platform for people to pawn off up-cycled candy wrappers at ludicrous prices. We recommend wearing this piece of glorified origami on a rainy day.
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    #5 The Rabbit Fur Bow Tie: Nothing says high-fashion like accessorizing your adam's apple in this red bow of rabbit's flesh. Designed by Adrienne Landau and the fashion blogger BryanBoy, this fashion duo brings you a bow tie that's sure to ruin your day.
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    #4 The Burlap Sack Bow Tie: This tie takes Pinterest's current obsession with rustic weddings to a new level. Be sure to read the fine print before adding it to your shopping cart; this tie may only be worn after snatching up your child bride in a potato sack and accepting a dowry of twenty heads of sheep.
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    #3 The Vanity Bow Tie in Beaver: A tuft of fur plucked from the pelt of a French beaver and wrapped in a regimental striped ribbon. We all know there's nothing the dapper man likes more than a dead beaver in his face, but this $169 beaver bow tie from Barney's New York is just damn awful.
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    #2 The Cor Sine Labe Doli Primo Metallic Ceramic Bow Tie: Don't let this $235 bow tie's pretentious name and steep price tag fool you into thinking you can pull this off. Not even Kanye can pull off this caliber of nonsense.
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    #1 The Cane Toad Bow Tie: Securing its place as #1 on our list of Most Ugly Bow Ties, the particular foulness of this accessory by the Toadfactory will project a certain bizarre bravado that probably won't get you promoted, but will at least keep people from chatting you up at the water cooler.
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A Visual Guide to Men’s Neckwear

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I often get questions on tie colors, patterns, fabrics, and different neckwear styles. Years of tie related questions finally inspired me to create this visual necktie guide which I decided to call “TIE-A-GRAM”. Feel free to share it with your friends!

Other Suggested Posts:
Guide to Different Bow Tie Styles
Color Guide for Neckties

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Interview with Taylor Camp – AKA TheTieGuy

After taking a short break from my menswear insider series, I am opening the discussion again by featuring one of my favorite Tumblr pages – a site that obsesses about men’s ties almost as much as I do. I am talking about TheTieGuy, a photo blog with more than 60,000 active followers (and growing). I had the chance to chat with the creative mind behind this page: Taylor Camp.

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Tie-a-Tie.net: Hi Taylor, thanks for joining in today on my Menswear Insider series. You are better known as The Tie Guy through your popular Tumblr page. What inspired this name?

TheTieGuy: Hi Hendrik! Thanks for giving me this opportunity to be interviewed! Once i started dressing better the name behind The Tie Guy simply clicked. The Tie Guy first started on Tumblr and then eventually expanded to both Twitter and more recently, Instagram.

 

Tie-a-Tie.net:You are 24. Most young men at your age don’t care too much about wearing ties. How long have you been a tie aficionado? What sparked this interest in ties and menswear?

TheTieGuy: I’ve been interested in menswear and neckties for about four years now. I started buying ties for exactly one dollar from local thrift stores around my area. As i continued to shop at these thrift stores, i eventually started buying dressier pieces like overcoats, blazers, dress shoes and sweaters. I remember thinking to myself “Wow, i can use these stores as resources to look great AND spend very little money on clothing!”. Ever since i realized this, I’ve been slowing curating a wardrobe for myself.

 

Tie-a-Tie.net: Being an expert on ties, who do you think makes the highest quality ties if there was no budget?

TheTieGuy: Any of the extremely expensive Italian clothing companies. Some of these include: Kiton, Brunello Cucinelli, Borrelli, Isaia, Hermes (French), and Bulgari just to name a few.

 

Tie-a-Tie.net: Assume you had to spend $100 on clothing today. Where would you shop and what would you buy?

TheTieGuy: I would shop at either Gant Rugger or Suit Supply. I would either buy a nice knit or paisley tie or a shawl collared sweater.

 

Tie-a-Tie.net: What if it wasn’t $100 but $1,000?

TheTieGuy: I would still be shopping at both Gant Rugger and Suit Supply. I would by myself a three piece suit.

 

Tie-a-Tie.net:You are quite the spokesman of these two companies. What do you like about these two companies/brands? If you could only pick one clothing brand for your entire wardrobe, who would you choose (from any, not just these two)? Why would you choose this brand?

TheTieGuy: I like how classic both these companies are. The products they sell are made with care and aren’t rushed. They sell pieces that will last you a long time which i think more companies need to look into. Quality and not quantity!

 

Tie-a-Tie.net: TheTieGuy is one of the most popular tumblr pages on menswear with over 60,000 followers. How did you become so popular?

TheTieGuy: I became popular on Tumblr by using it and interacting with my followers every day. It was a series of events that lead me to where i currently am. First, Nick Wooster AKA “Woostgod” recommend my blog on fashiontumblrblogstofollow.com and previously over the summer, Tumblr contacted me and added my blog to a list of suggested street style blogs to follow under the explore section.

 

Tie-a-Tie.net: Talking about Nick Wooster and street style blogs, who are some of the blogs that you follow?

TheTieGuy: My two favorite street style blogs are Themidwestyle and TheSartorialist

 

Tie-a-Tie.net: It is clear that you have a strong interest and good eye for the menswear industry. What are your plans for the next couple of years, after you are done with school?

TheTieGuy: After i graduate this upcoming summer, i have plans to live and travel in either Italy or Japan. Through traveling and living in one of these places I’ve always been inspired by, i hope to my expand upon my current love for food, red wine, coffee and most importantly, menswear. After I come back from traveling next January, i hope to live and work in either San Francisco or New York City and pursue my career goals of working as a Social Media Manager for a mens clothing company.

 

Tie-a-Tie.net: What about your tumblr page? Will you continue to run it? Would there be a way to turn your Tumblr page into a viable business?

TheTieGuy: I will continue to work and focus on my blog every day. I hope to continue to make some money from it and eventually turn it into a full time business.

 

Tie-a-Tie.net:Thanks for meeting with me today, and best of luck to you!

TheTieGuy: Thanks, Hendrik

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Why You Should Dress Up on Valentine’s Day

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Today is Valentine’s Day – a faux-holiday that get’s many of us men stressed out about finding something special for the woman in our life. Certainly, always appreciated are flowers and a sincerely written card, but what might be just as important is how you carry yourself and how you dress. In fact, there is hard scientific evidence that “dress for success” not only applies in your professional life, but in your love life as well. To convince you that dressing well does matter in your love life, we created a fun video titled “Love on Bow-Tie Island”. It shows you that women love men in bow ties.

 

Need some more hard evidence that dressing well can help your love life? Then, our friend Antonio of Real Men Real Style has written a great article covering this topic in detail. Here is a brief summary of his article:

  1. If You Dress Like a Gentleman, You Will Behave Like a Gentleman
    Simply put: Dressing well will improve your self worth. There have been numerous studies showing that how we dress affects how we feel about ourselves. If you dress like a gentleman, you will subconsciously be more polite, more charming, and more debonair.
  2. You Will be Perceived as a Gentleman
    Impressions are formed within the first few seconds of meeting someone. There is strong evidence that if you dress nicely, people will treat you better. They will treat you like a gentleman.  Your date will be impressed and flattered.
  3. It Increases Your Sex Appeal
    Dressing well will make you look more successful and it will boost your confidence – both traits that the opposite sex is attracted to. Additionally, she will be flattered that you dressed up to take her out on a date.

Here you have it! There is no reason not to dress up outside of being lazy. Don’t let this be you. Do you have any examples how your attire had an affect on others, how you were treated, or how you felt about yourself? Then, please comment below and share!

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