Often used as a signifier for a dweeby, bookish nerd, I actually think bowties can be pretty sexy. Here’s a list of my top five favorite bowties in period films!
5. Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, Jr., the Indiana Jones franchise
In every Indiana Jones movie, there’s always at least one scene where we see Indy at his day job as mild-mannered university professor Doctor Jones, and he’s nearly always sporting a bow tie. In fact, if you think about it, the bow tie and three piece suit appears to be every bit as important to Indy’s professor identity as his fedora and leather jacket is to his archeologist identity. And if anyone can make the bow tie both sexy and manly, it’s Harrison Ford.
4. The Gentlemen of Downton Abbey
Everyone and their grandmother’s favorite series, the wildly successful Downton Abbey took public television by storm in the States. We’ve covered the series extensively, devoting podcast recaps for the last season, as well as posts about our favorite costumes, wedding dresses, and charting the style adopted by both the young and the old inhabitants of Downton Abbey, but never really talked much about what the men wore. So, how about some formal attire for ya?
3. Victoria, Victor/Victoria
Julie Andrews proved she’s not just a prim and proper English governess with magical powers. While prortraying a woman, dressed as a man, dressed as a woman for much of Victor/Victoria, Andrews also dons an elegant white tie look while palling around with the boys. You can check out our short review of the film here.
2. Jeeves & Wooster, Jeeves & Wooster
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie cemented themselves as one of entertainment’s best comedy pairings with the TV adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s novels about a wealthy playboy and his eternally patient, ever present valet, set during the 1920s. Jeeves is always there to make sure Wooster doesn’t make a complete prat of himself.
1. John Thornton, North and South
Richard Armitage spends the entirety of this film wearing a succession of mid-Victorian bow ties while looking wildly sexy.
These are just my top five — who’s in your top five? Let us know in the comments!