The bow tie /b/ is a type of necktie. A modern bow tie is tied using a common shoelace knot, which is also called the bow knot for that reason. It consists of a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar of a shirt in a symmetrical manner so that the two opposite ends form loops.

There are generally three types of bow ties: the pre-tied, the clip-on, and the self-tie. Pre-tied bow ties are ties in which the distinctive bow is sewn onto a band that goes around the neck and clips to secure. Some “clip-ons” dispense with the band altogether, instead clipping straight to the collar. The traditional bow tie, consisting of a strip of cloth that the wearer has to tie by hand, is also known as a “self-tie”, “tie-it-yourself”, or “freestyle” bow tie.

Bow ties are an absolute must for more formal, black-tie-optional events. This goes pretty much without saying. But, that’s not the end all and be all for bow ties. Bow ties have gained prominence in thelast few years, tending to be viewed as dapper with a dash of daring. So don’t limit yourself to weddings or prom. You can experiment with bowties in semi-formal situations, like work attire, as well. Some people even goes so far as to make it part of their regular look!