Up until recently I had kept my bow ties in box waiting for an event that would be fit for my bow tie. Although I used my bow ties whenever I got the chance I would never wear them in a casual setting. This all changed on a Saturday in mid October when planning on what I would wear a small spark inside of me opted for wearing the bow tie out in a casual setting. I picked out a casual shirt, and blazer and wore one of my finest bow ties, and although I would have not usually done such a thing, the decision was bliss.
Immediately upon wearing the bowtie I felt my confidence escalate, I knew I was standing out, but I had no insecurities. I felt so fulfilled with my bow tie and my look that sense of self doubt cascaded over me. I ventured out into the world a more confident man, and upon arriving the bar that I had intended to visit my confidence was uplifted even more so. From getting out of the car and walking into the bar I had received a culmination of 3 compliments on my look, a stark contrast to my normal experience. I rejoiced in another compliment by the barmaid upon ordering my drinks and throughout the night the bow tie not only became apart of my look making me more confident. It also provided a night filled with surprising conversation from strangers. Both men and women approaching me talking to me about my bow tie and asking about my choice to wear it.
I had never expected to have such a alternate experience due to wearing such a small piece of clothing. However in a bar filled with only undone collars and neck ties, I guess to most it was a fresh of breath air, an exploration into something new, and a way to bring a schism into the already rigid dress code. To those intending to wear a bow tie on a casual occasion, I would recommend nothing more. Nothing matches numerous compliments and a night of intellectual conversations with strangers.