I’ve loved bow ties for as long as I can remember. In high school and college, I was secretly envious of all the guys who wore bow ties to dances. I obviously love a good cocktail dress, but there’s something so classic about a bow tie. My boyfriend has a few bow ties, and I would beg him to wear them in college for formals. Once he was on board, we encountered a pretty major roadblock: neither of us knew how to tie one. We spent thirty minutes watching YouTube tutorials until finally throwing in the towel and switching out the bow tie for a regular tie.
Flash forward a few years, and my obsession is still going strong. I thought the holidays would be the perfect time to try out the tuxedo look for myself. Also, I bought these sequin pants last year and have been counting down the days until it was socially acceptable to wear them again. You can’t judge sequin pants in December. Once I had the basics of my female tuxedo, I still needed the main attraction: the bow tie. I looked for women’s bow ties, but wasn’t willing to splurge on the Saint Laurent options. That’s when I headed to the men’s floor at Dillard’s and found a classic black Cremieux version. Unfortunately, some things never change, and I failed miserably at the YouTube tutorials for tying a bow tie. Luckily, my mom saved the day and found a two minute video and then proceeded to tie the perfect bow.
I’m 99% sure I’ll be wearing this for Christmas Eve or Christmas this year. After the holidays, I think I’ll pair this blouse and bow tie combo with my black leather skirt! After wearing it once, I’m convinced I could wear one every single day with a button down and blazer.
Blouse: Ralph Lauren (similar) | Blazer: Urban Outfitters (similar) | Pants: The Limited (similar on MAJOR sale!) | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bow Tie: Cremieux via Dillard’s (similar) | Nails: Essie ‘Bordeaux’