Saturday, September 12, 2009
Bow Ties: The New Boy Accessory?
P. Diddy's previous assistant, Fonworth "Umbrella Holder" Bentley wore them, and celebrity fashion stylist Rachel Zoe's assistant Brad sports his regularly. But now Chris Brown?
Recently, in his much-anticipated (or most dreaded) interview with Larry King, Chris Brown wore a bow tie and a baby blue sweater. Critics, especially the Power 106 (105.9) crew on "Big Boy in the Morning" expressed their distaste for his style, commenting on it looking ridiculous and just not working with his persona.
It seems to me that it was sort of a smart move on his stylist's or his people's behalf. After all, how much can you hate a young guy dressed preppy and innocently? If he were to have worn a black leather jacket and a bandana, well, that would have demonized him even more. So, as for a strategic public stunt, I understand. As for bow ties becoming a new boy accessory, I just can't dig it. The silliness and laughter takes over me, and I feel that it is such an unnatural choice.
Don't get me wrong: I LOVE when both men and women explore their style and express their personality with new trends, cuts, and colors. Kanye (my fave) even appears wearing bow ties! With him, I get it. I mean, if he can rock a black mullet -- he can rock anything. Chris Brown, on the other hand, I just don't feel that you are an authentic bow tie kind of guy. Especially not when the same hands crossed in this pic are the same hands that tore up Rihanna's face. (This is me ALLEGEDLY saying he did this.) I just don't buy it Chris.
So all I say is be true to your style. If this is really on a guy's must-have list of accessories, then he should wear it proudly. Other than that, let's leave the outrageousness to the celebs who get publicity whether they make it on the good or bad-dressed list.
Would YOU like to see your man, brother, or friend start to wear bow ties? (Steve, my boyfriend, has mentioned that he may want to wear one....oh boy...)
Photo Credit: http://www.gossiponthis.com (Chris), http://www.stylebakeryteen.com (Brad), http://www.mixtapemaestro.net (Fonworth), http://www.whatshotandwhatsnot.wordpress.com (Kanye)