On Bow Ties & Double Monks
I’d write a response to LAS, but it would just be this.
While I agree with LAS that wearing a bow tie is no shortcut to true style, his reasoning strikes me as puzzling in light of the obsession with double monk strap shoes—due in no small part to the his influence and that of a handful of other #menswear luminaries.
I’ve been meaning to write a post about my thoughts on the ubiquity of double monks ‘round the internets, though by simply substituting “bow tie” with “dub monks” in most of his arguments it seems I don’t have to.
It’s the notion that
knottingbuckling up a bow tiepair of dub monks suddenly makes you well-dressed. The bow tiedub monk has become a crutch — a style crutch.
Why bother learning how to dress or even cultivating a personal style when you can skip 50 steps,
knot up a bow tiebuckle up a pair of dub monks and suddenly you’re a neo-dandy or whatever stupid word we want to call it? The bow tie’sdub monk’s sudden status as a faux-signifier of style really bothers me.
Before guys rush to build up their
bow tiedub monk collection, they should take a step back, pick their foot up off the gas, and realize there are far more important clothing items to sort out first.
That being said, I couldn’t agree more with his final statement: “…a man who rushes things in an effort to be stylish will never be stylish at all.”
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