We didn’t think it was possible to like Bill Nye the Science Guy more than we already did. After watching a video featuring the educator and Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick getting a lesson in the art of the bow tie, however, we can wholeheartedly profess our eternal love for all things Nye and necktie. The Disney/PBS children’s show host — a frequent wearer of bow ties — advises Hardwick to “dress the knot, snuggify, pull it tightical, and pay attentiontivity to the bow tieical” in order to properly sport the iconic accessory.
The bow tie has a long history of living around the necks of individuals who weren’t afraid to buck trends and make a statement. Donning a bow tie is a polite defiance by a dapper rebel. We’ve rounded up a list of famous, enthusiastic wearers below who deserve a round of applause. Chime in with your favorites below.
“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”
We already miss the acerbic wit and wisdom of Gore Vidal. The famously rebellious writer suited his oft-worn bow tie to a T. The accessory even made an appearance in his role as a corrupt gay congressman in George P. Cosmatos’ Shadow Conspiracy.