Sweet, Sassy, and Southern Classy

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of classiness for a Southern Belle

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Bowties: Windsor Knotting Two Preppy Souls Together Since 1752 

I have a confessions to make… I have an addiction, to bow ties! Now, when I say bow tie I want you to banish any thoughts of those cheap satin clip on disasters worn by little boys going to church or middle aged writers still living in their parent’s basement. No, the bow ties I am referring to are worn by only the classiest southern gentleman and Hampton’s socialites.  They can make a southern girls knees sink to the ground which is why in my sorority they have been referred to as “panty droppers.” 

A little back story to prove the power of a bow tie and why they truly are magic… 

My ex-boyfriend was the most talented person at putting his foot in his mouth. He would always do the same thing:

1.) Say something that would make me so absolutely furious

2.) Call me up and tell me that he was taking his beautiful girl out to dinner

This was typical for us and so I would generally already have an outfit picked out for the occasion. Something that would say “I know I look beautiful, but don’t you dare even try and complement me because you are already on thin ice buddy.” The doorbell would ring (another tell-tale sign he knew he was in trouble. Normally we had an open door policy.) and the second I saw him I would always forget for a second what he said that would make me mad to begin with. A good Southern Proper Bow tie will do that to a girl. 

I don’t know what is is about girls and bow ties. I just love them. It takes a certain boy to be able to pull off the look because it isn’t about just wearing a bow tie, but HOW you wear it. You must be able to have the class, and for lack of of a less cliche word: swagger. Bow ties and formals go hand and hand. A bow tie can perfectly tie together a look if done correctly. Below are some tips on wearing a bow tie for the gents out there:

How to Bow tie:

1.) If it sparkles, if it’s made of anything non-silk or high quality cotton, if it is pre-tied, or if it looks like a pattern a kindergartner would wear: Just say no. The secret to a good bow tie is the pattern and material used. If it looks cheap and doesn’t match the occassion it would have been better just to leave it or yourself at home. Think about where you are going. If you are at a Golf tournament or Polo match go with a nice preppy themed plaid or a classic seersucker. There is nothing worse than a bow tie that takes away from your overall look because afterall, they are intended to be a focus piece. 

2.) Size. Bigger is better, but not always in reference to bow ties. You don’t have to take out a ruler when bow tie shopping. Just try them on and observe a general rule: keep with the width of the bow about the same as your collar or slightly smaller. If it is too small, your neck will look larger than it really is and if it is too oversized it will look silly.

3.) Bow ties will come in three general looks: bat-winged, butterfly or thistle, and diamond tip. This is really a matter of personal preference. Just know that you have many different options of styles that will fit everyone’s sense of fashion.

4.) Be confident!

Some links are below to my favorite companies for bow ties…

www.southernproper.com

www.highcottonties.com

www.thetiebar.com

www.southerndignity.com

www.countryclubprep.com

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Funnels and flags. TFM.

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Funnels and flags. TFM.

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Metallic mixed with classic!

Metallic mixed with classic!

Earrings

Earrings

Painted coolers. Formals, big/little, greek, summer, etc.

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Ive never seen a better reason to run

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I am not entirely sure of the contents of this, but I would like to eat multiples of these for dessert everyday.  

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