1 Trend, 3 Ways: Button Downs and Bow Ties

11/09/2011 at 10:00 AM ET

Black tie, anyone? Hollywood’s littlest guys including Kingston Rossdale (on May 28), Liam McDermott (on Jun. 12) and Mason Disick (on Oct. 8 ) are dressing things up in white oxford shirts and black bow ties. And they look oh so cute.

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Part 60s cool and part adorable, this coordinated look will impress whether your tyke’s attending a special family event or just kicking his style up a notch for the day.

Ready to shop? We’ve rounded up our faves — for every budget — below.

Courtesy Burberry
Courtesy Burberry


Want to go all out? Pair Burberry‘s luxe Button Down Collar Shirt ($110) with their check-print Woven Silk Bow Tie ($85) — it’s a winning combination!

Courtesy J. Crew
Courtesy J. Crew


If your little guy is more preppy than prim, we suggest Crewcuts‘s Pinpoint Oxford Shirt ($29.50) and their Pique Bow Tie ($22.50). They’re both dressy enough without all the fuss.

Courtesy Target
Courtesy Dillard’s

Bargain Buy

There’s no need to splurge on your rough and tumble tyke. Cherokee‘s White Long Sleeve Woven Shirt ($10) and Class Club‘s silk clip-on Bow Tie ($8) are a total steal.

— Anya Leon

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Catca on

Sorry, this trend looks very silly to me unless there is a special occasion the little boy is attending. Ask any man out there and he’ll tell you bow ties (and ties) are simply not comfortable and something you get used to wearing. These are little boys – not dolls! They deserve to be comfortable! This article makes it sound like it’s a great way to dress your little boy for the park or preschool, etc.

Mary on

My 17 year old son would strongly disagree with you! He loves bow ties. Although I, his father, or you might think it’s silly, the kids in his school do not especially the girls. He is quite the popular boy and he gets lots of good compliments from everybody! And the stereotype of them aka scientists professors, he just so happens to be ranked number 2 in his class academically and is a good athlete to boot. So I guess the bow tie is befitting of him as well.

But to each their own! With lots of eye rolling!

Ashley on

Hear hear Catca! Totally with you! And no eye rolling here ;—-)

Brandi on

I think it is adorable. It is fashion forward so I don’t think you will see tons of little boys in your average suburb wearing them, but to claim they make a child uncomfortable is silly. You can tell by looking in all three pictures they are loose fitting. If only people could realize just because YOU don’t do it or agree with it doesn’t always mean it’s wrong.

As far as seeing them on teens/young adults (or even middle aged adults) I think when worn with the right outfit they look great. A man I work with (who is by far the best dressed in the office) wears them and the ladies love it.

Meagan on

My almost 2 year old wears button shirts almost every day and he wears ties and bow ties all the time. He doesn’t try to take them off, he is not uncomfortable and I get compliments everywhere we go. I don’t think there is anything wrong with little boys dressing nice on a daily basis. Just because they are boys doesn’t mean they should be in sweat pants and t-shirts. Girls wear dresses, skirts and tights all the time.

Lotus on

I think bow ties are cute! It’s nice to see little boys in semi formal wear sometimes. I think I’ll pick up a pair for my two sons.

Hoopla on

My brother is 15 and wears bow ties and nice clothes (with dress shoes) almost everyday. It’s not for everyone, but he looks damn good and everyone always comments on how stylish he is.

Micheley on

I love this trend! I think it is so adorable!

And although I think this is adorable on any age boy/teen/man, I don’t see how this is being connected to grown men…

Brandi on

Because someone previously stated their 17 yr old brother wore it, so I commented that I think this trend looks good on any age. The same way you just said “any age boy/teen/man”.