The Art of the Bow Tie

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The Art of the Bow Tie
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The bow tie isn't new to the fashion scene. In fact, it's a seasoned veteran, but now that men, women and Ryan Gosling are sporting them with renewed gusto, you're probably wondering what this bow tie trend is all about. We've gathered some celebs and their bow ties along with some expert advice on how to wear them from David Hart, the founder and designer behind David Hart & Co., a hand-tailored tie company in New York City that sells at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Fred Segal, among others. We also chatted with "Elle" correspondent, Fabiola Beracasa, for a little feminine insight into this oh-so-sartorial staple.

The Story Behind The Bow Tie
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The Story Behind The Bow Tie

"The story of the bow tie is that it was worn by members of the Croatian mercenaries during the 17th century," Hart says. "It is believed that the colorful silk scarves were used to keep their shirts closed at the collar." Four centuries later, silk scarves have graduated to tidy bow ties, but they're still doing a fine job keeping a man's collar honest. While Zac Posen isn't a Croatian mercenary, we think that his colorful scarf makes him look quite presentable, what do you think?

Bringing the Bow Tie Back
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Bringing the Bow Tie Back

"I think there is a new resurgence with the bow tie because of a younger generation of men that likes to dress up," Hart says. "Bow ties have become popular with men in their 20's and 30's." Here, actor Dave Franco (James' kid brother) proves this point, while looking positively smoldering.

Bow Tie Timelessness
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Bow Tie Timelessness

"The bow tie never really went out of style," Hart says. "There is definitely that guy that will only wear a bow tie." Speaking of men who will only wear bow ties, stylist Brad Goreski is the current bow tie poster boy as he seems to rarely leave home without one, whether or not he wears his Pink Panther suit is another story.

Tying the Tie
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Tying the Tie

Actor Samuel L. Jackson has been up against raptors, Sith Lords, and snakes on planes, so we're fairly sure this BAMF can tie his own motherfluffing tie. "When it comes to tying a bow tie, I've found that there are two very different approaches," Hart says. "There is the guy that likes his bow tie to be tied perfectly ..." (a la Sammy Jackson).

The Self-Tie
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The Self-Tie

"... and there is the guy that likes to tie his bow tie askew," Hart says. "As if he likes to show off that his bow tie is, in fact, a self-tie bow tie, and not a clip on." We're not a bit surprised that Mr. Tom Hanks is the self-tie kind of guy.

The Bow Tie & Your Wardrobe
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The Bow Tie & Your Wardrobe

"If you're implementing a bow tie into your everyday wardrobe, it goes best with classic fabrics such as oxford cloth, Harris tweed and camel hair," Hart says. Spoken word artist Joshua Bennett really knows how to put a fresh spin on a tweed jacket. Here, he slams this green tie with snaps for coordinating colors.

The Body of the Bow Tie
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The Body of the Bow Tie

"Silk is traditionally used to make the bow tie, but I prefer more seasonal fabrics such as wool, cotton and linen, among others," Hart says. Actor Jude Law is looking spiffy in his traditional silk bow tie.

What The Bow Tie Says About You
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What The Bow Tie Says About You

"It's really nice for a man to express himself through a bow tie," says "Elle" correspondent Fabiola Beracasa. "I think that men have limited ways of expressing themselves through their wardrobe, so if you feel like wearing a green velvet bow tie, go for it." Singer Guy Sebastian went for it with a green tie and blue plaid shirt. We applaud him for his boldness (and jaunty little hat).

The Bow Tie Family
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The Bow Tie Family

"Bow ties come in all shapes and sizes," Hart says. "There are large bows, narrow bows, traditional bows, bows with pointed ends... the list goes on and on." And bow tie wearers can be equally as diverse. Businessmen can wear them, political pundits can wear them (Tucker Carlson, we're looking at you), Janelle Monae can wear them and Olympian figure skaters like Johnny Weir can wear them, too, (with chic specs!).

The Fool-Proof Classic
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The Fool-Proof Classic

"The very dapper look, which is kind of the old Hollywood tuxedo bow tie, has always been a classic staple," Beracasa says. "They’re never going to go out of style." Like actor Brad Pitt, there's just something about the classic black bow tie that makes women swoon -- especially when paired with some edgy sunglasses.

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