Millennials Bring Back The Bowtie

By Matthew Sardo
Pop Culture Insider

Florida Live’s host Dan Maduri gives his opinion on bowtie fashion in a recent article by Kevin Wiatrowski, Tampa Tribune’s City Hall reporter, data geek and wonk extraordinaire (according to Wiatrowski’s Twitter profile).

Guys choose bow ties because they want to stand out from the crowd, says radio show host Dan Maduri.

“One day I woke up and said, ‘Enough is enough. I’m tired of being ordinary,” says Maduri, 29. “When you wear it, it’s a great conversation starter.”

Brady Diggs has become a five-days-a-week bow tie wearer since moving to Tampa more than two years ago from Virginia. He hopes his fashion statement makes him and his headhunting business stick in people’s minds.

“When you come in, people already have an impression of you,” Diggs says. “There’s an air of success.”

At 35, Diggs already has enough bow ties to wear a different one each day for a month. He says he’s seen so many other guys in bow ties around Tampa, he’s thinking of starting a club.

“It sounds crazy, but if you’re wearing a bow tie, I want to network with you,” he says.

If you’re going to buy into the bow-tie resurgence, there’s no limit to your options. You can buy Maduri’s basic black, but Mutter will sell you a tie printed with stars and planets or another that looks like a color-blindness test. Kraus sells ties named after Jose Gaspar and other Tampa figures.

Basically, if you can’t find a bow tie to reflect your personality, you’re not really trying.

Wear one and, odds are, yours will be the only one in the room. If it’s not, compliment the other guy and welcome him to the club. Either way, keep your ears open for praise from a stranger who appreciates your decision to stand out from the crowd.

And don’t worry about the bow-tie haters. They’re more than offset by the people impressed that you can tie one in the first place.

Here is the full article by Wiatrowski: It’s time for bowtie prejudice to come undone

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