Over the past decades, the venerable bow tie, once a serious contribution to a gentleman’s ensemble, slowly transformed into a sartorial punchline — ready comic relief for cynics and wiseguys. And then something strange occurred. Championed by popular celebrities, the bow tie progressively reclaimed its reputation and earned legitimacy once again. Sure, naysayers will still voice an opposing viewpoint, and that is certainly their prerogative. However, the well-dressed will always appreciate the classic aesthetics that a bow tie affords. Because, truthfully speaking, the necktie came precariously close to fashion extinction just as the bow tie once did, but it managed to survive. The bow tie never went out of style, gentlemen just stopped being stylish. Luckily, you are not that guy. Here are some of the best and brightest bow ties of the season.