Style Smith Says: Bow Tie & Stilettos Event
The Bow Tie & Stilettos Event at Rhythm Kitchen (was/would have been) the spot to be at last Saturday night. Being an avid bow tie wearer, networking and socializing along side other gentlemen in bow ties and the ladies in stilettos, couldn’t be nothing less than a win-win in my book (fashion with a purpose).
Not being “frat” and being respectful to my host’s request, I rocked an archived bow tie and a custom-made suit and shirt, so my expectations were high. I was instantly impressed to witness men helping other men in the art of tying a bow tie before entering the venue.But once inside my excitement was put to a halt. Wait, I thought you couldn’t get in wearing a straight tie and even worse no type of tie at all? Why is his shirt untucked with a pretty good looking bow? I wondered…are the gents who didn’t wear bow ties to their own event not versed on HOW TO tie one? One would have to assume the theme was suggested but not required.The majority of the ladies did much better with adhering to theme. Although it was dimly lit, everyone could tell that a few ladies had on wedges or flats (disappointing sigh). My faith in fashion was briefly restored when chatting with two ladies who had taken the theme more seriously by rocking a self -tying bow & stilettos!
Perhaps a short statement on the invitation, ” Men & women dressed accordingly will receive complimentary entrance”, would have made a difference. Or even,”Arrive early to learn the art of tying bow ties from Professional Stylist _______”. Sadly, as the evening wore on, the dress code did not get any better. On a scale of 1-5, 5 being excellent the men of “Bow Ties & Stilettos” were a 2.
As a man who loves style and fashion, I left this event feeling like that could have been such a great opportunity for men to show-off their individual style and sense of fashion. Men are naturally competitive in many things, including dressing up, perhaps the importance of looking your best is apparently NOT one of them.
Ronald Smith is a Las Vegas-based professional clothier and image consultant. He has styled some of the most prominent personalities in Las Vegas. Smith is also the creator of Well Suited Wednesday, the most stylish social hour which meets monthly in some of Las Vegas’ most posh and intimate venues.
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