Donald Tsang

Bow Tie Politics

Thanks to Wikipedia, there’s an easy to reference list of bow tie wearers — including politicians. Some notable politicos on this list include former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as well as former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. However, some fashion commentators wonder if bow ties are too cool for many politicians; apparently, American prexy Warren G. Harding was a dandy.

Most politicos tend to shy away — with the exception of ultra formal black tie events — from the type of neckwear that this site focuses on. Granted, gents in some former time periods sported bow ties more frequently than men do currently, but that’s a shame.

An essential trait of effective political leadership is a sense of one’s self, comfort as an individual, and the gravitas (the proverbial balls or cojones) to take a stand. A person can do those things through their attire. Someone who decides to wear something different from most others takes confidence. I, for one, salute any politician who chooses to wear bow ties (with a caveat that they employ some fashion sense).

So, who are some current politicians who sport bow ties? List them in the comments. I’ll start this list off.

Three noteworthy* and contemporary politicians are:

Donald Tsang (aka Bow-Tie Tsang) – the second Chief Executive and President of the Executive Council of Hong Kong serving between 2005-2012

Donald Tsang

(Source: Wikimedia Commons via World Economic Forum)

Elio Di Rupo – Belgian Prime Minister since December 2011

Karel Schwarzenberg – Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs from July 2010 to July 2013

Karl von Schwarzenberg

(Source: Wikimedia Commons via Pastorius)

*I’m just focusing on neckwear. There’s no doubt that politicos rarely make everyone happy; there’s always multiple sides to decisions, policies, and programs. Politicians are also gaffe prone and are not immune to unethical and illegal behavior. So, a bow tie doesn’t make a great politician (although they can certainly indicate greatness). This is not meant as an endorsement of these three individuals’ political stances, effectiveness, conduct, or performance. They all wear bow ties, and that means that their fashion tastes are worthy of praise.