“Looking good and dressing well is a necessity. Having a purpose in life is not.” - Oscar Wilde

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Plaidy of the Week: Lark, Vancouver Women's Boutique

It’s Friday. You know what that means. It’s time for our Plaidy of the Week. This week, we bring you the plaidies of Lark, a Vancouver boutique who are modeling Alexander Olch's beautiful alpaca bow tie. Around town, I've noticed quite a few women wearing men's neckties à la Annie Hall, and it's nice to see how well this young plaidy sports her bow.

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The Bow Tie Project: Day Four

After three days wearing a bow tie to work, never having worn a bow tie to work before, people grew suspicious. We had a company-wide meeting at which the bow tie became a central "talking point." For the rest of the day, the bow tie - not the man - became the center of attention. No one saw me. I'd been replaced by a glittering, gold and navy bow tie. Today's lesson learned, if you wear a bow tie too many days in a row, and you're not known for

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Great news! Enrique and Matt, shopkeepers over at men's accessories emporium Fine and Dandy, have graciously offered free shipping on orders of fifty dollars ($50) or more to readers of all plaidout. Take advantage of this exclusive offer while you still can. Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to spruce up! Enter promotion code PLAID08 when you're checking out. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer good through 01 January 2009. Just a few of my many favorites available now:

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The Bow Tie Project: Day Three

Had the good fortune of catching Oasis at Madison Square Garden tonight. Great seats, better company. Scribbled the following on the ride home, "Champagne Supernova" still ringing in my ears. Today's lesson learned, with the right attitude, rather with the right amount of attitude, a bow tie can be worn to a proper rock 'n roll concert. Tie, J. Press Shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren, "Regent," Classic Fit Jeans, APC Hipsters, waist 30, Purchased in September 2006, Altered once, Repaired once Jacket, Vintage from What Comes Around Goes Around Shoes, Land's End, Chelsea Boot, Fall 2005

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Everything's Better in Japan

This Japanese commercial, directed by Wes Anderson and starring Brad Pitt, spoofs 1953s Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati's brilliant comedy of manners. A must see.

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Knots and a Cowlick

It's only Wednesday, but of all the men clad in bow ties I've come across since starting this project, no one pulls it off quite as well as style arbiter, Alfalfa.

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The Bow Tie Project: Day Two

Traded fashion tips with the nattiest of dressers over an informative and inspiring lunch. We both wore ties -- bow ties that is! Today’s lesson learned, if worn to an important event, such as a meeting or luncheon, take into consideration those in attendance. Tie, Brooks Brothers Shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren, "Andrew," Classic Fit Pants, Paul Stuart, Glenn Plaid Jacket, Vintage Socks, St. Nick Shoes, Alden, Tassel Moccasins Rain Boots, Tretorn, Skerry Watch, Furni for Cool Hunting

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To Be Read By the Fire.

"Remember, tying a bow tie is like tying your shoes in the dark while drunk." John D. Spooner, Boston's third best financial adviser in 2006, according to Boston Magazine, wrote an article I found in a tattered old copy of The Atlantic from 1995 which inspired this week of festive neckwear. His are great stories relating to his history with the bow tie and the history of the fancy neck knot itself. Bow Tying Directions c/o Heart & Sew.

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