CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In fashion, everything old is eventually new again, whether it is bell-bottom pants, feathered hair or bow ties – even in the state Legislature.
For the past two weeks, state senators have participated in “Bow Tie Tuesday,” paying homage to the fashion staple that’s seen a resurgence in recent years.
Even lawmakers who have never given bow ties a second thought have hopped on the bandwagon.
“I think they’re fantastic,” said Sen. Chris Walters, R-Putnam. “You don’t have to worry about them getting in your food when you’re eating, when you’re walking the tie doesn’t get blown in your face when it’s windy. There’s a lot of good things. You can’t wear a bow tie as a bib, though.”
Walters said he might add more bow ties to his collection, meaning he won’t have to borrow one from Attorney General Patrick Morrisey the next time around. He also might need to learn how to tie one.
“I borrowed this one from the Attorney General’s Office because of how many they have down there, and I had them tie it for me,” he said.
Walters wasn’t the only one needing help tying his tie. Sen. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia, turned to an old standby for a lesson.
“I did a little YouTube searching and found a couple of good videos,” he said. “I put them together and came up with the ability to tie a bow tie.”
Beach represents Morgantown, home of West Virginia University and its new president, E. Gordon Gee.
Gee is famous for his bow tie collection and part of the reason lawmakers continued Bow Tie Tuesday.
“He’s had a great influence on bow ties here in the state of West Virginia and at the Capitol,” Beach said. “Probably as much influence on men’s attire here in the state since John Travolta in bell-bottoms and flared pants…