Bow Tie Club's Lone Star

Bow Tie Quote: “Wearing a bow tie is a statement”

Bow Tie Club's Lone Star

Bow Tie Club’s Lone Star (used with permission)

Bow tie quotes are very popular on this blog, and trying to find ties that match great quotes has inspired me to do some searching.

Here’s a good matching. Renowned American broadcast news producer Rick Kaplan once said:

Wearing a bow tie is a statement. Almost an act of defiance.

I think that Bow Tie Club’s Lone Star is an excellent match for this wonderful quote. It’s description is:

The Texas flag, blue stands for loyalty, white for purity, and red for bravery. It is a symbol of Texas’ independent spirit, and gave rise to the state’s official nickname “The Lone Star State”.

So, how does this quote match this neckwear?

A Statement

I, the Aficionado, am a native Texan. I was born there… ’nuff said. Although I currently live elsewhere as well as have lived in other parts of the country and world, I’m a Texan.

My Facebook news feed today was full of people posting their results from BrainFall’s How Texas Are You? quiz. Needless to say, I’m 100% pure Texan.

One of my friends — who was unfortunately not born in Texas nor has had the privilege of living in the state — once quipped that: “Only Texans would buy their own paraphernalia.” She doesn’t understand state pride, which is too bad.

Texans have it great. We’re from the best state and place on the planet. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t other great places, but Texas is best.

You would think that with such confidence, we wouldn’t need to advertise this fact through shirts, belt buckles, flags, art work, bumper stickers, the “Don’t Mess with Texas” ad campaign, Texas Monthly, hosting a good chunk of NASA, our own slang, and our hospitality. If you thought that, you’re correct. However, although we don’t buttress this fact by showing our pride, our pride prevents us from not showing the love for our home.

That’s why the Lone Star bow tie suits Kaplan’s sentiments well. It’s a statement. A statement of fact. A statement of pride.

Men who wear bow ties aren’t shy about making statements — sartorial or otherwise. Therefore, it only makes sense to assert one’s love for Texas through his (or her partner or son’s) neckwear.

An important thing to note is that it’s a big, diverse state. Thus, following the popular and romantic stereotype of a Texan by pairing the tie with a nice cowboy hat, belt buckle, and boots works well. However, Texans who perhaps work in an office in Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio can wear it with a nice suit. Hipsters in Austin can sport it with jeans and thick plastic frame glasses. I think that it would look great with an astronaut’s space suit. Just sayin’.

To conclude, I’m glad that the Bow Tie Club recognizes the greatness of Texas. What makes it even greater is that it is based in Maryland, another great place where I’m proud to have lived.