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.
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.