In theory it's just a simple piece of neck wear, but there's something kind of rebellious about a bolo tie, like a little metallic trimmed f-you to the man and his pricey silk cravats. Pre-Madoff, we might have scorned the Rock-a-billy throwback, but after seeing a few rough-and-tumble trend setters tying one one, we've started to develop a definite string thing. Could it be that like Swine Flu (more on that later!), we've allowed this southwestern staple (and official tie of New Mexico) to invade our borders? After all, it's probably just the natural progression from this bow tie trend that's snuck away from its Upper East Side predecessors to the downtown kids, don't you think?
Above, from left: Gripp Jeans fall '09 lookbook image; a bolo tie from Creatures of the Wind's spring/summer '09 collection. Well if you're willing to be on the vanguard of this trend-in-the-making we suggest taking a stroll down to Malin Landaeus or Screaming Mimis to score yourself a bolo-beauty.