The tie is the most common of all the suit accessories—if you’ve worn a suit, you’ve most likely worn a tie. You get an extra 2 points from us if you tied it yourself; 3 points if it was a self-tie bow tie.

Bow ties are a tad more formal than neckties. If you have read our previous blog posts you probably know that they are, after all, the standard neckwear for a formal tuxedo. But when you are wearing a suit, you can really wear either one of the two. 

If you are more familiar with a necktie, perhaps you can test out the bow tie waters. They are less common, so wearing a bow tie can help you stand out more. Choosing between a bow tie and a necktie is actually pretty easy - wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident. If now knowing how to tie a bow tie, we have made it very easy for you with our pre-tie bow ties. 

Once you have mad a decision, consider the details, like color, pattern and fabric. The more formal the event the more subtle the pattern of your tie/bow tie should be, but if your go-to is usually a solid tie, try something new. As for the material, base your choice on the current season. For example, if you are going to a summer event, go with a lighter fabric such as cotton, linen, or seersucker. A great option for a winter event would be a heavier velvet or wool makes sense. Silk and satin are a great option all year-round, and are fair game for a more formal event.