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Dress smart, look smart, be smart!

A fine feathered bow tie is just the ticket to go with your new handcrafted cowboy boots, don’t you think?

Pacific NW associate editor

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Fashion. Where would we be without our desire for a sparkier outfit? Let us take our fashion advice right from the top. From designer Miuccia Prada: “Women always try to tame themselves as they get older, but the ones who look best are often a bit wilder.”

Let us all, boys and girls alike, now go mildly wild.

Fine-feathered bow ties

This is the story of Ben Ross and of Ben’s man-fashion, ah-ha moment. Ben grew up huntin’ and a-fishin’ in the great outdoors of South Carolina. As Ben and friends began to marry, our hero pondered a classy alternative to the black bow tie. The following is exactly as told to Goddess by eyewitness: “I was a groomsman when Ben got married five years ago,” says buddy/co-worker Jeff Plotner. “Ben was trying to think of a cool groomsman gift that nobody had. Everybody went crazy. We kept wearing them, and everybody wanted one.”

Brackish Bow Ties. Motto? “The Original Turkey Feather Bow Tie.” From farm-raised turkeys. “The iridescent color of these hand-picked feathers portrays the true beauty of the animal in its most natural setting,” says marketing hoo-ha. Handmade: Jive Turkey, Phunky Pheasant, Carolina Copper, The Guinea; $89 to $120 each. Arrives wrapped in burlap, packaged in a wood box. Goddess tested, Goddess’ brother-in-law approved. .

No hitch in this git -along

Never forget, dear reader, that this is, after all, the wild West. We must all do our part to keep it so. One way is to add a right and proper pair of cowboy boots to your repertoire. Always in style, ready for anything, says Goddess.

Choosing can be complicated business. Botin, roper, Western? Then there’s shaft height, toe, heel. Oy. One is best served in the hands of a professional. Those are found at J. Gilbert in Belltown. Motto? “For those who are easily satisfied with the very best.”

Find there the handmade boots by Lucchese, others. “We have a core boot selection. If we don’t have your size, we can get it,” says manager Yenni Song. “They’re never in season or out of season.” And that, people, is style.

Behold Lucchese’s (exclusive to J. Gilbert) Navy Suede Caiman with Cognac Buffalo Calf & Navy Suede Underlay ($1,895) and the Turquoise-Chocolate Destroyed New Leaf Overlay & Underlay ($1,095).

Can’t do this online. Must see, smell, fondle, sample at 2025 First Ave.

J. Gilbert also in Tucson and Scottsdale, Ariz., and Denver.

Wear it well

Perhaps one is best served, fashionwise, by tackling the closet monster. And one might be best served venturing forth with a guide, someone such as Seattle stylist/consultant Elizabeth Le. She is in the business of eyeballing your closet, cleaning it out, remixing your wardrobe. You are left with just the good stuff and a “style map.” Could be a whole new you in there. Worth a look at $50 an hour. Find her at: LizLeStyleMe@gmail.com.

Reach out to The Goddess at bteagarden@seattletimes.com. The Goddess is also very Pinteresting. Find her there at http://pinterest.com/rtea/.

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