A ribbon fabric tied around the neck into a bow, a bowtie is usually made of silk, cotton, polyester, wool, or a blend of fabrics. It is designed to be worn by men in formal attire such as with dinner jackets or suits. Bowties can be hard to tie, so there are ready-tied varieties that come with a band or a clip.
Types of Bow Ties
Kinds of Bow Ties include the following:
Self-tie bow tie
A self-tie bow tie is the traditional form of bow tie. It is a long piece of ribbon fabric manually tied around the neck. It takes experience and skill to tie one symmetrically.
Ready-tied bow tie
A ready-tied bow tie features a bow already sewn into shape. It comes with a band worn around the neck and secured with a clip.
Clip-on bow tie
A clip-on bow tie clips easily on to the collar. It is usually worn by young boys.
Choosing Bow Ties (Buying tips)
Self-tie: Get a self-tie bow tie if you intend to wear one for a formal dinner, an event, or a military mess dress. Wearing a clip-on bow tie is considered a faux pas in formal occasions and a taboo in fashion rules.
Color: Choose a black bow tie for formal occasions and a colored one for less formal events. Get a black silk bow tie if you intend to wear a tuxedo.