Bow tie inspiration

A new take on the bow tie: our inspiration gallery

Girls will be girls... but it's awfully fun to dress up like boys! We've previously expressed our love for tomboy style, but it bears repeating: there's something seriously cool about a lady pulling off menswear. Alexa Chung, Michelle Williams, Janelle Monae, Kristen Wiig, and Chloe Sevigny have all attempted this masculine look!

The inspiration

Actress Marlene Dietrich was the first gal to grace the silver screen in a tuxedo when she starred in Morocco in 1930. She smouldered on the screen and paved the way for fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, who, in 1966, would create the iconic Le Smoking tuxedo for women. Laurent is hailed as the creator of power dressing, and famous for empowering women by making classic menswear accessible to them.

Some women are happy to pull off a totally masculine look, while others search for ways to make the tuxedo slightly more feminine. Thus, the ladies bow-tie.

The outfit

Comedian Kristen Wiig wore an oversized bow tie in sheer fabric for a special screening of her new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. She matched the big bow with a shirt that was fitted on the body with puffy sleeves. Michelle Williams' bow tie was part of her tux-inspired dress for an ultra girly look.

Chloe Sevigny and Alexa Chung both wore bow ties as part of a full suit with suspenders. Chloe went with a sleeveless white blouse and thick satin bow tie, while Alexa went with a skinny tie and blazer draped casually over her shoulders.

Janelle Monae wore her bow tie in a way only Janelle Monae can: with a sequin blazer! It was attention-grabbing, festive, and super cool.

How will you wear yours?

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