The bow tie originated in Croatia, then was popularized as a badge of high fashion by the upper class in France throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. It remains a distinguished accessory today, invoking images of professors, magicians, and concert musicians. Fashion-forward hipsters have reclaimed the bow tie, turning that classic symbolism on its head by pairing it with casual jeans and cardigans. Whether wearing a bow tie to a diner or to a wedding, it's a fashion statement fit for every occasion. And the best part? You won't have to worry about mustard stains or dipping your tie in a bowl of soup.