Bow Tie Quote: A Personal Achievement

Bow Tie Quote: A Personal Achievement

Donald D. Owen

Donald D. Owen

On August 25, 2014 Donald D. Owen, Superintendent of Urbana School District #116 in Urbana, IL, hosted the Skip the Clip event during he provided bow tie tying lessons in honor of National Bow Tie Day on August 28th and to raise funds for the Greg Chew Theatre Scholarship that supports students who pursue Dramatic Arts.

When speaking with Tim Mitchell of The News-Gazette, Owen mentioned why he chose to offer these lessons and why people responded as they did.  He stated:

When people know this is a a bow tie that the person wearing it has tied, I think that it raises the bar from a fashion statement to a personal achievement.

What a wonderful statement.

One of the reasons why I argue trying one’s own tie is important is that it helps the wear feel less fixated on themselves.  Since pretied options have perfect alignment, wearing them may lead others to think that the wearer is obsessed with the appearance of the tie; that can put the tie in the center of the attention.  That’s not a good thing.  Neckwear should enhance one’s appearance.  Besides, even GQ says that it is ok for some floppiness since perfection is not expected.  In fact, on Facebook one person stated that they heard someone say that if a bow tie is a little crooked, then no one will question if it was tied or not.

Donald D. Owen Bow Tie Quote

Donald D. Owen Bow Tie Quote

However, Owen makes another excellent point.  Since most men don’t wear this type of neckwear, there’s more than just a novelty when one chooses to make such a sartorial statement. Due to the curiosity that many people feel when they see a bow tie, if the wearer tied it themselves, they can enjoy a sense of accomplishment of impressing others.

Another fun thing to do is to teach others how to tie their own tie.  I have given my share of tying lessons, and people certainly get excited to learn.  That’s what Owen learned, and he was able to turn it into a fundraising opportunity.  So, that also helps elevate a fashion statement to a feeling of achievement.