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The BOW TIE  is said to be originated in the 17th century by the Croatian mercenaries and later it became a fashion symbol brought to life by the French in the 18th and 19th century, which was mainly worn by the French upper class at the time …..

Moving on to the gist jor, I had to say a bit of the history because I feel it’s  necessary to let  my men know what their new (ok, ongoing for a while now and making a fashion staple of its own) fashion accessory is.

Errr, so as I was saying… Bow ties were associated with a formal look or worn for that formal occasion or black tie events. But now it’s all changed. You can rock your bow tie as often as u want and use this fashion piece to bring some spice and fun to your outfit!

Bright colored bow ties help complete a fashion statement. Celebrities with an edgy fashion style can easily pull this off, this has been done by Kanye West and he carries this look very well. Yes, our guys, like Ebuka and Dayo Ephiram have worn the bow tie look already and moved on to something else.

The bow tie can be worn to achieve a preppy look, or add some flavor to your denim and shirt.  Do not be afraid to wear that bow tie with strong macho confidence.


Bow ties look youthful when worn against different textures of fabrics that they would not be traditionally seen with.

Wear a bow tie with a sharp slim- fit suit or wear with a casual collar, for that academic look. You can also rock your bow tie with short sleeved shirt, tailored shorts and blazers.

The key is to make sure there is balance in your combination and keep pocket squares to a visual  minimum.  And try not to color match too much.

Go ahead and  have fun rocking your Bow Ties fellas!!  Here is a how to, should in case you want to tie one yourself rather than the ready ‘tied’ ones.  You do know you can customize your own bow tie, if you can get a good tailor that is.  How about an Ankara Bow Tie(#BuyNigerianInitiative)….that would be fabulous on a white shirt, (I’m just saying)!



Maryanne Alabi, popularly known as Mayreejay is a wardrobe consultant, CEO of her self named company "Maryanne Alabi". Deputy editor for Bloke mag, contributing Fashion editor for Y!Mag. Fierce lover of and everything Glamorous!! Follow me on twitter @mayreejay for fab fashion updates.


  1. Woooh!! This is very refreshing for the men and enlightening for the women.
    I always commend a person who digs into the history of things so we the readers can have a better understanding of this.
    The writing is casual yet captivation. The language is serious yet very enlightening.
    Thank you for the highly informative piece.

    Mayreejay you’re a ROCKSTAR!!

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