August 28 is a day of note. It is National Bow Tie Day!
“Bow Ties are believed to have originated among Croatian Mercenaries during the Prussian wars of the 17th century. These Croat mercenaries used a ‘scarf’ around the neck to tie the opening of their shirts. This was soon adopted by the French upper classes in form of the cravat. From there the neck-ware flourished in the 18th and 19th centuries.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow_tie
“It is uncertain whether the cravat then evolved into the bow tie AND necktie, or whether the cravat gave rise to the bow tie, which in turn led to the necktie.” Id.
I celebrated the day by wearing a bow tie to Court. It probably had no impact on the outcome, but the judge made a comment about it. He has “worn one once or twice,” but has not mastered tying one, just yet.
The bow tie is frequently a topic of conversation. I was recently told that only 2 types of people wear bow ties; 1) law professors and 2) clowns. The person saying this, I think, was trying to make a mild insult. They asked which was I. I responded with “law school professor.” It’s true.
I have previously blogged on “Why the Bow Tie.”
I know what you are thinking,
“Who are some Notable bow tie wearers?”
- Abraham Lincoln
- Franklin Roosevelt
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Winston Churchill
- John Paul Stevens
- Albert Einstein
- Sigmund Freud
- Humphrey Bogart
- Frank Sinatra
- Charlie Chaplin
- Orville Redenbacher
- Bill Nye
- James Bond
- Barney Fife
- Donald Duck
- The Cat in the Hat
Matthew Thompson is a family law attorney in Mississippi and prefers bow ties to regular neck ties.
You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms