Vintage Bow Tie


One accessory that I really love right now is the bow tie. Instead of wearing them tied in a bow as most people do, I prefer to wear them untied, loosely draped around the neck. I think bow ties are so beautiful! Some vintage ones come long in wispy, beautiful printed silks that are almost like scarves, as the one I’m wearing here, and modern ones can be had in a bevy of quirky colors and fabrics. Worn draped around the neck, they can replace a necklace for an added bit of interest and movement to an outfit. My first was this vintage boy’s bow tie, and I’ve had my eyes peeled for interesting ones ever since.






DetailsEquipment blouse :: Vintage bow tie :: Koral jeans :: Manolo Blahnik shoes (similar from J.Crew) :: Chanel handbag :: Kate Spade watch :: Stella & Dot bracelet (c/o)

Altered – Equipment blouse has been slimmed :: Manolo Blahnik shoes have ball-of-foot and heel pads added :: Kate Spade watch has had the strap replaced


  • Reply June 3, 2013

    Maria Cho

    Hi Kelly! This vintage tie is lovely! Sometimes I am tempted to take my husbands black bow tie and wear it out with a crisp shirt and a boxy blazer. I think I will do that one of these days :] Also, I am digging your loafer tan ;) I think I only recently recovered from an incredible TOMS tan. Oops

    • Reply June 3, 2013

      Alterations Needed

      Thank you Maria! That sounds so fun! I’m currently looking for a black bow tie, myself. =)

  • Reply June 3, 2013

    Somebody from Somewhere

  • Reply June 3, 2013

    Tori Campbell

    Ahh, someone else who shares my secret obsession! I love finding bow ties in thrift stores. They’re just so luxurious. I never buy them though because I could never find a good way of wearing them. I might get the next one I find and try this!

  • I love those blue heels! Loving blue right now.

  • i really like how the undone bow tie looks, but aren’t you afraid that it would fall off without you noticing? or maybe i’m just paranoid.

    • Reply June 3, 2013

      Alterations Needed

      Astute observation Amber! I tack the bow tie down with little pieces of fashion tape just under the shirt collar. It was really windy when we took these photos and it stayed put.

  • Reply June 3, 2013

    Alterations Needed

    Thank you Carol!

  • Reply June 4, 2013


    I’m in love with these blue pumps, and your silver Kate Spade pair, too. You’ve got such a great eye for classic, wearable heels.

  • Reply June 4, 2013


    This is beautiful. Love how you’ve matched your heels to the bow tie! And those jeans are perfection!

    Bold Subtlety

  • Dearest Kelly,
    As long as it is some fluid silk this looks really special!
    Enjoy your new find accessory.

  • Reply June 8, 2013


    love the shoes, love the bow tie, love the look…love it all. I like how you have made a tie look casual….super cute :)

  • Reply June 24, 2013

    Nancy María Martínez

    I had missed this post. LOVE this outfit. A bit more casual than when you wear your blazers, of course, but still in keeping with your modern classic style. The unexpected bow tie as a scarf of sorts makes the outfit SO much more interesting and fun than just a silk blouse and jeans. And who cannot admire those beautifully shaped heels in that fab color!

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