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The sign's aesthetics based on my friends
  • Aries : large-rimmed glasses, dyed hair, a notebook with the lyrics of favorite songs, sidewalks after the rain, large shirts, long scarves.
  • Taurus : loud guitar riffs, earrings, boxing, surf shorts, a favorite album played repeatedly, mint tea.
  • Gemini : black shoes of leather, a favorite backpack, messy hair, tank tops, flannels, tattoos.
  • Cancer : walking in the wind, the Northern sea on a winter day, sunglasses, dimples, a leather sofa, rolled-up sleeves.
  • Leo : group selfies, sports team jerseys, cheap beer on a sunny day, hoodies, loud laughs, a river in the mountain.
  • Virgo : a large cup of black coffee, a jazz song in the winter, seeing a favorite band live, singing along to a song in a car, a grey sweater made of wool, rings.
  • Libra : a bow-tie, suspenders, short hair, lying on the grass on a summer day, pocket tee-shirts, short nails.
  • Scorpio : a favorite Starbucks drink, a quiet folk song, fall jackets, fluffy hair, Polaroid pictures, black and white selfies.
  • Sagittarius : worn out Converse, books on a wooden bookshelf, goofy smiles, blue eyes, long winter coats, a tweed jacket.
  • Capricorn : ripped skinny jeans, a favorite beanie, bruised knees, a skateboard, driving with the windows down, fancy boxers.
  • Aquarius : walks on the beach, band tee-shirts, a baseball jacket, high-fives, a vinyl on a turntable, a fountain pen.
  • Pisces : a cigarette in the dark of the night, late night conversations, a sketch book full of drawings, rambles on the boulevards, black leather, a favorite jumper.

Bow Ties

20 bow ties for the modern-day gentleman

When dressing to impress, the finishing touches are just as important as the suit and shoes. Holiday season is the perfect time to look your best, and there’s nothing more festive and formal, not to mention charmingly old-fashioned, than a snazzy new bow tie. Switch out your regular necktie with a plain or printed bow tie, and you’ll look suave and sharp as ever. Channel your inner Don Draper and scroll through our favorite bow ties below, starting at a wallet-friendly $11.

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LANVIN bow tie

ASOS Bow Tie

Wool Bowtie

Velvet Bowtie

Red Eleven Bow Tie Black Tipped

Bow Tie and Handkerchief

Knitted Silk Bow Tie

Neiman Marcus Solid Paisley Pattern Bow Tie, Red

Paul Smith Ties - Black Polka Dot Silk Bow Tie

Silk Bow Tie

Dot Bow Tie

KENZO ‘Eye’ bow tie

Patterned Bow Tie

Wool Bow Tie

‘Bow Tie Fashion’ Silk Textured Stripe Bow Tie

FeFe petals print bow tie

Damask Jacquard Bow Tie

Plum Velvet Bowtie

Chambray bow tie

Geo Silk Bow Tie

Q & Answer: What Is Casual Elegant Wedding Attire?

Wes asks: I have an outdoor wedding to attend tomorrow evening, 7:30 PM, on a farm back home.The wedding invitation says “Casual Elegant Attire”. It’s my best friend’s brother’s wedding, and I know my friend was buying khakis as part of the wedding party ensemble. What would you do?

The 21st century’s greatest mystery is the wedding dress code. Why do we make it so difficult on each other? I was once invited to a rehearsal dinner with the dress code “Calypso Casual.” What does that mean? Harry Belafonte cosplay?

Here’s my advice when faced with a situation like this: don’t worry about it too much. Usually people pick these sorts of non-dress-code dress codes to take pressure off of their guests, not the reverse. They know chill Uncle Joey doesn’t want to wear his monkey suit, so they try to make something up that’ll welcome everyone. Does this work? Not really, but you can play along.

Here are some parameters I’d suggest for a situation like this:

  • Unless the wedding’s in a mud pit or a motorcycle garage, it’s still a wedding, so there’s no sense in wearing jeans. You don’t need to judge anyone who shows up in denim, but you’ve got better options. The same goes for anything torn or stained.
  • If casual is in the code, avoid ties. Sure, maybe a knit tie or a wool tie or a bow tie is a little less formal than a silk repp, but ties are one of the few symbols of formality almost anyone gets. Be respectful.
  • Casual dress can and probably should be simple and conservative. Few are the weddings to which you should be wearing drop-crotch trousers. The goal is to respect the occasion and the community it creates.
  • No sports clothing. It’s a wedding, not a workout.
  • Truly casual? Try a something Bing Crosby might have worn on a Saturday afternoon. Cotton or flannel pants, a shirt with buttons, maybe a sweater if it’s cold. Simple.
  • “Elegant” or “cocktail” casual? Add a casual coat and maybe a pocket square. Dark colors for “cocktail” or indoor evening wear.

(Above is what Wes ended up with after we emailed. I think he nailed it.)