Eliminating the ironic/hipster bowtie looks you mentioned, IME, bowties go one of two ways: old guard/academic or southern frat bro. .
My two favorites!
You guys against the bow tie are no fun. I need more bow ties, man. Especially the repp stripe, 2" wide, diamond tip kind. It strikes the right balance between traditional and just rakish enough.
Even better are the great 2.5" Turnbull & Asset jumbo butterflies. Nice, thin knot and a bit ole soft bow.
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