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It’s quite possible that Nick Viall, runner-up on — count ’em — two seasons of The Bachelorette, might be the most polarizing contestant in ABC’s 21-season history of The Bachelor. When it was revealed that the 36-year-old Wisconsin native was this year’s suitor, loyal Bachelor/Bachelorette fans on the internet split into two equally divided camps: Team Nick and Team Literally-Anyone-Else-Would-Have-Been-Better.
On Monday’s episode, audiences (surprisingly) agreed about a few show moments — for example, his post-puke make-out session with Vanessa (totally gross) and Corinne’s behavior (she’s nutty, but her napping skills are impressive) — but it was the man of the hour’s floral Suited Man tie ($45) that managed to cause a monumental riff among Bachelor Nation.
Some (and by some, I mean I) might argue that Nick is the best-dressed Bachelor the franchise has ever seen, wearing bold accessories with his patterned suits that are tailored perfectly to reveal his toned runner’s body and long limbs. From episode one, in which he wore a custom polka-dot tie by Chicago-based made-to-measure studio Daniel George — a throwback to the tie he donned while meeting Bachelorette Andi Dorfman during his very first appearance in the franchise — Nick has been keeping us on our toes with his fashion choices. “What I love about Nick and his taste is that he doesn’t care if it’s $300 or $45,” said Bachelor stylist Cary Fetman.
But while the microfloral accessory was a winner to some, it was an ode to the ‘80s (in a bad way) to others, and you can bet that Twitter was reeling with commentary.
Read the tweets below to see the best of both sides.
Where is the option on Bachelor Fantasy to enter Nick’s Floral Tie in the final four picks?
— Malia Milici (@MaliaMilici) January 17, 2017
— Nick Ciletti (@NickCiletti) January 17, 2017
— Wes Ambrecht (@iamwesley) January 17, 2017
— Lisa Doherty (@LeeSaw_Dee) January 17, 2017
Half of Bachelor nation likes Nick’s tie more than Nick himself #TheBachelor
— Nora Baron (@bambibaron) January 17, 2017
Sweet tie Nick!!! #TheBachelor
— Bachelor Nation (@BachelorNation) January 17, 2017
— BachelorWiseGuy (@BachelorWiseGuy) January 17, 2017
— Lauren Claus (@DirectorChick) January 17, 2017
Hey Nick, nice tie…NOT
— Bachelorette Dude (@ABCDTheBachelor) January 17, 2017
Nick’s horrible flower tie helps distract from the bad news #TheBachelor
— Bachelor Husband (@BachelorHusband) January 17, 2017
— emily bouchard (@bouchiebee) January 3, 2017
I’ll be live tweeting the Bachelor tonight. (You’re welcome in advance) Already…Nick what are you thinking with that tie?
— Riliegh McHugh (@Riliegh_McHugh) January 17, 2017
What the hell is going on with Nick’s tie? #bachelor
— Allie Ludlow (@RealityAllie) January 17, 2017
— Bachelor Burn Book (@bachelorburnbk) January 17, 2017
— MakeMondayGreatAgain (@MstDramaticEvr) January 17, 2017
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