Boys and Style: The Ties that Bind

Everyone talks about how fun it is to dress girls (and FINE, of course it is!) but boys can have style too!

My son dresses (and lives) to the beat of a different drummer. Once upon a time, he used to believe he was Indiana Jones, so he wore a fedora everywhere. It was a very adventuresome time, but like so many good things, it didn’t last. That was sad.

Thankfully he moved on to ties. He begged us to buy him a tie. When his father was in Paris on business, he asked him to bring him a tie. So he did (it was from H&M, but a French one, so it was still fancy!)

I believe it’s my job as his mom to encourage his creativity and self-expression, so we’re indulging his love of ties. I love seeing how he finds use for ties in his typical five  year-old life. He wears them with button up shirts. He wears them on SpongeBob sweatshirts. He wears on T-shirts. He doesn’t need a special occasion — he creates his own!

I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of hoping for bow ties to be his next style statement. Boys in ties are cute enough, but a little boy in a bow tie is criminally so!

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  • Just like Papa! 1 of 10
    Just like Papa!
    My little B. proudly wearing his favorite tie.
  • For the next style stage 2 of 10
    For the next style stage
    I love this playful bow tie -- and it has skulls! Find it at TARGET
  • Skulls make it fun 3 of 10
    Skulls make it fun
    I love that you can find the fun skulls in the traditional style as well -- thanks, Target! Find it at TARGET
  • Mr. Tanen’s Ties 4 of 10
    Mr. Tanen's Ties
    This book about a principal who is known for his colorful style is the perfect gift for your style-obsessed boy. Find it at TARGET
  • For your guy with more traditional taste 5 of 10
    For your guy with more traditional taste
    The blue suiting tie is a great choice -- the stripes are still bold and distinctive. Find it at TARGET
  • Like son, like father… 6 of 10
    Like son, like father...
    The truth is that fewer grown men wear ties these days (and that makes me sad), but with this father-son set from Diaper Dude, Dad can follow son's style lead. For the better. Find it HERE
  • Suspender print body suit 7 of 10
    Suspender print body suit
    With this onesie your newborn can join in the bow tie and suspender fun! Find it at TARGET
  • The double-stacked bow tie 8 of 10
    The double-stacked bow tie
    The Double-Stacked bow ties by Belle and Beau are my top pick for old-school charm. Find it HERE
  • Cute and inexpensive enough for every day 9 of 10
    Cute and inexpensive enough for every day
    Bow ties are technically more conservative, but this one with the fun stripe is very modern. Find it at TARGET
  • A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie 10 of 10
    A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie
    This book is about more than ties, but we have to agree. Every boy should learn this skill! Find it at TARGET

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