Bow ties for both sexes

Think of the bow tie. Now think of the bow tie for women. What springs to mind? Likely one of two styles, the sternly masculine (a la tuxedo style) or the very preppy. We saw plenty of both with the revival of the female dandy in 2009/2010 and, as much as we love both takes, we welcome the opportunity for the bow tie to get a refresh. How? With something whimsical, something that sits independent of any gender.

Exhibit A: this collection by Monsieur Jean Yves. I can’t tell you much about the brand on account of their website being wholly and unequivocally in French, but this is the Internet and if a picture can speak a thousand words then a whole gallery of pictures can say it all. Simple yet creative, masculine yet soft, these are bow ties that while great as menswear, are equally as well suited to being a women’s accessory. On my personal must-have list: the aptly named ‘Fall In Love’ (yes I did, thank you) bow tie, which looks rather like two siamese-twin love hearts when in pink, or like deck-of-cards spades when in black.

monsieur jean yves bowties

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011
Monsieur Jean Yves bowties 2011

You can see all of Monsieur Jean Yves‘ current season bow ties by clicking on the thumbnails and browsing through the gallery, while you can find out more at www.monsieurjeanyves.com.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.