Fit to be Bow tied.

Daniel Craig as James Bond wearing a Bow Tie It's nine fifteen and you are already 3 rounds into a heavyweight title bout with the alarm clock's snooze button, when suddenly you realize, "Oh crap! I'm late!" You jump out of the bed, grab a quick shower, while shaving and brushing your teeth all at the same time. You slide on some khaki slacks, a nice white button-up shirt to go underneath your midnight blue cardigan sweater. The look is to be dressy, but not too formal, yet formal enough, to show that you belong there. Now all that you need is one thing to top it off. A tie, but what kind? For this isn't a boardroom interview that you are going to, but a night on the town with your "Frat pack." You know, your pals that you used to run with when you were in college, and now all of you are doing your own thing.  Scotty, he's the CPA. Mike, he's the regional manager of the largest grocery chain on the Coast. Jim was always the loose cannon, but landed himself a gig with ESPN, and then there is you, "Mr. Photographer." So what shall I wear.....

I don't know about you, but that is the situation that I often find myself in. I personally feel that fashion is not just about being "different" but is more about being you! Your personal style is probably the #1 visual cue that people take from you when they meet you, and when you leave their presence. Those who know me personally know that I love sweater vests, Kangols, and cufflinks. Small little details that speak volumes about a person. Especially if the person you meet also recognizes these same details.

So for the first time in a long time, in 2013 I'm adding something different to my style. The Bow Tie.

While the bow tie is by no stretch of the imagination new, its popularity is building once more. Heck, who knows, maybe the Ascot will come back in style. The one thing I love about bow ties is that like most neckties, the pattern and design is unique to the wearer. The interesting thing about the bow tie though, is that you are instantly placed in another category of personnel in the room. While James Bond wore many neckties, we always picture him in the tux.

The bow tie, adds a sense of formality when it's tied, and still maintains its dignity untied. Even in chaos, a bow tie can make the wearer seem "in control".

Alexander Ludwig

So with that, today I ordered my FIRST bow tie. I am looking to become very proficient in tying it. In April I am planning on doing a personal shoot of myself with my new styling cues. Can't wait to share. Until then, here is the inspiration.

Leighton DaCosta, Photographer

Leighton DaCosta

Hello, I'm Leighton and I help people around the world tell their story. Let me introduce myself. Whether it's for online dating, or a professional profile, it always seems that the "About Me" section is always the hardest to write. Not because you have nothing to say about yourself, but because you want to be sincere, genuine, interesting, and brief all at the same time. I have never been a fan of writing about me in the third person, like: "Leighton DaCosta, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to Brooklyn, NY at an early age when his parents wanted to form a new life for themselves and their children. In the third grade, the family moved to Orlando, Fl, where Leighton considers his home town. After spending 3 tours in the Navy, he settled in Jacksonville, and now Miramar, Florida, where he now calls home. Today, still wanted by many, he does work as a fashion and wedding photographer. If you have a wedding(or photo shoot)... if no one else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire... ok.. this is not The A- Team." But you see what I mean? What do you know about me? How can we connect? Did you know that my FAVORITE food is Pizza and Sushi? Or that my favorite color is Purple? When I go to the wine bars, I usually order Mimosas, because even the cheapest champagne tastes great with some good ole OJ. When I travel, I like staying in nice hotels. Not because of the name, (even though I AM partial to Hyatt) but because of the bathrooms. One of my favorite hotels is the Viking in Newport, Rhode Island. Small rooms, but AWESOME bathrooms. I LOVE TO EAT, and eating as much as I have, has led me to be about 100 pounds more than I was in High School... Yeah there is some muscle there, but if it was all muscle, I'm sorry folks, I wouldn't be taking photos, I would be retiring from the NFL. If you want to see some of my favorite dishes, follow me on Instagram. Because of that, I find myself now in the gym more than ever. Trying to stay fit and alive... I workout, so I can EAT! Well that's enough for now, if you want to know more about me, follow my blog. Better yet, I want to find out more about YOU. So let's talk!