Also called a bola tie, a bolo tie is a necktie variety that consists of a piece of cord (to be fastened around the neck) with an ornamental clasp or bar.
The bolo tie was created by Vic Cedarstaff of Wickenburg, Arizona in 1949. It is widely associated with cowboy outfits in the United States. It was the official neckwear of Arizona in 1971.
In the United Kingdom, the bolo tie is known as a “bootlace tie.” It was popular in the 1950s with the “Teddy Boys” who wore them with drape suits.
Types of Bolo Ties
Kinds of Bolo Ties include the following:
Traditional bolo tie
The traditional bolo tie is made with a leather cord. The cord can come be braided or straight. The clasp is usually made of metal or wood with an inlaid stone for ornament.
Modern bolo tie
The modern bolo tie is made in various styles from different materials. It can be used as fashion accessories by both men and women. The cord is usually made from synthetics fabrics, chains, and traditional leather. The clasp is usually made from plastic, glass, ceramic, stone, wood, and metal metal. It can have knotted or beaded ends.
Choosing Bolo Ties (Buying tips)
Length: Choose a bolo tie that falls approximately 19 inches below your neck (from the tips of the tie when tied around your neck). Clasp: Choose a lightweight clasp with a locking mechanism that does not wear out the cord material too much.