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A bow tie always makes a fashion statement, but gay activist and actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, getting a tie adjustment from Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon during a trip this month to Naperville, is making a political statement with his Tie The Knot campaign to support marriage equality.

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Former Naperville Councilman James Boyajian became known for always wearing a bow tie (as well as a pocket kerchief and suspenders).

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Nearly every well-dressed man wore a bow tie in 1864, when Abraham Lincoln rocked this look. The popularity of bow ties has waxed and waned during the last 150 years, but it's almost a sure bet that President Barack Obama will don one for Monday's inaugural balls.

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A bow tie has the power to make a statement. Wearing this white bow tie with a black tuxedo without tails drew comments (good and bad) for President Barack Obama as he danced with first lady Michelle Obama during an inaugural ball in 2009.

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Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck wear their trademark bow ties for this 2011 photo with singer Christina Aguilera and her son Max. Minnie Mouse opts to wear her bow in her hair.

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In this scene from the short-lived TV show "The Playboy Club," you might not have noticed that all Playboy bunnies wear a fashion item once popularized by our U.S. Sen. Paul Simon -- the good, old bow tie.

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The one fashion accessory that President Obama seems certain to sport at Monday's inauguration ball is the same one that Abraham Lincoln, lots of other presidents and even some suburban characters have favored: the bow tie.
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    • A bow tie always makes a fashion statement, but gay activist and actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, getting a tie adjustment from Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon during a trip this month to Naperville, is making a political statement with his Tie The Knot campaign to support marriage equality.
    • Former Naperville Councilman James Boyajian became known for always wearing a bow tie (as well as a pocket kerchief and suspenders).
    • Nearly every well-dressed man wore a bow tie in 1864, when Abraham Lincoln rocked this look. The popularity of bow ties has waxed and waned during the last 150 years, but it’s almost a sure bet that President Barack Obama will don one for Monday’s inaugural balls.
    • A bow tie has the power to make a statement. Wearing this white bow tie with a black tuxedo without tails drew comments (good and bad) for President Barack Obama as he danced with first lady Michelle Obama during an inaugural ball in 2009.
    • Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck wear their trademark bow ties for this 2011 photo with singer Christina Aguilera and her son Max. Minnie Mouse opts to wear her bow in her hair.
    • In this scene from the short-lived TV show “The Playboy Club,” you might not have noticed that all Playboy bunnies wear a fashion item once popularized by our U.S. Sen. Paul Simon — the good, old bow tie.
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