It's a look that comes and goes, but a new generation of women are showing that bow ties and ties aren't just for guys. Reality television star/model Kendall Jenner wears a bow tie on the cover of this month's Seventeen magazine. Singers Janelle Monae and Avril Lavigne have sported men's neckwear. And, as online retailer the Tie Bar (www.thetiebar.com) further points out, designer Kate Spade even showed a bow tie print dress in her spring/summer 2013 collection.
Three tips from the Tie Bar:
. Go monochromatic: A woman can keep it subtle by matching the color of a tie or bow tie to a button-down shirt - or a shade of the same color. The tie will blend with her overall look, yet add a touch of "preppy class."
. Go bolder with print on print: From polka dot on floral, to stripes on chevron, this look makes a big statement.
. Go black and white, for "the classically cool": A chic black bow tie can be dressed up or down depending on the fabric and shape.
On the shelf
New for fashionistas: Three new titles from the Design Museum "Fifty" series: - "Fifty Fashion Looks That Changed the 1950s," "Fifty Fashion Looks That Changed the 1960s" and - you've got it - "Fifty Fashion Looks That Changed the 1970s" - all by Paula Reed (Conran Octopus, 112 pages each, $20 each, hardcover).
Guessing already? We'll get you started. Looks from the 1950s include Katharine Hepburn, Beatnik style, stilettoes and Barbie.
From the 1960s: fashion editor Diana Vreeland, Vidal Sassoon, Jackie Kennedy and Twiggy.
And from the 1970s: bell-bottoms, Lauren Hutton, Diane Keaton in "Annie Hall" (more neckties!) and Beverly Johnson, the Buffalo-born supermodel. Text and photographs accompany the 50 looks - be it a person, a style or an article of clothing - highlighted in each book.
And finally .
"Her fashion influence in those days should not be underestimated. What Sarah Jessica Parker is to young women today, Diane Keaton was in that day."
- Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley, on actress Diane Keaton's "Annie Hall" look, in "Fifty Fashion Looks That Changed the 1970s" by Paula Reed.