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Happy National Bow Tie Day!

August 28 is a day of note.  It is National Bow Tie Day!

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“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.

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Friday Fun; When I Grow Up…

Today, the 1st graders got to dress up like what/who they wanted to be when they grew up and say why…

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His first choice was the “Avatar, the Last Airbender.”  When we discussed that he was a fictional character and his mom would not let him shave his head and tattoo an arrow on it, he chose a lawyer! I was proud.  But, being the Avatar would be cool!

 

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The Bow Tie Changes Everything…

I have previously blogged on why I am the Bow Tie Lawyer and how I came to sport bow ties.  I recently read an article about how beards change not only one’s appearance, but also how they are perceived and it made me realize the bow tie also changes not only the person that wears it, but also those that come into contact with the bow tie wearer.

How, you ask, can a mere bow tie change someone?  A bow tie is just a narrow piece of cloth, placed around the neck and collar, tied into a bow, and usually worn on special occasion, also known as a dicky bow.  Here are some beneficial changes;

  • Most people assume you did not tie it and are astounded to find out that you tied it yourself.  They now see you in awe.
  • Most assume tying it is very difficult and because you can tie it you are very smart.  They now see you as superior.
  • Strangers will speak to you and comment on the bow tie’s dashing good looks.  They see you as a trend setter.
  • Fellow bow tie wearers give you an approving head nod.  They see you as in the fraternity.
  • Elderly women think it’s very handsome.  They see you as very handsome.

And, there are some not so beneficial changes;

  • A lot of people assume it’s a clip-on and never find out otherwise.  They see you as an odd, old man wearing a clip-on bow tie.
  • A lot of people assume you are a nerd.  They see you as a nerd.
  • Strangers will make comments to you and  call you Bill Nye and not mean it in a flattering manner. Again, they see you as a nerd.
  • When you are used to wearing long neck ties and switch to bow ties the first several times you wear the bow tie you feel a little under dressed due to not being able to see your tie, other than in a mirror. You are startled when you see yourself the first several times.
  • Younger women think it’s very dorky. They see you as dorky.

The good news is that bow ties are coming back into the mainstream. So, hopefully, if you wear one enough bow ties will once again gain wide acceptance, minimizing the negatives.

Matthew Thompson is a family law attorney that wears bow ties.  He is also the exception to the rule as all age groups think he and his bow ties are quite dashing and smart.  Trust the Bow Tie.

Follow the blog: BowTieLawyer    Visit the website: Thompson Law Firm

You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@wmtlawfirm.com.