This seemed like the appropriate place to write this, as I'm sure my girlfriend has heard enough about me going on and on about bowties.
Usually when we think of bowties, we think of the 90 year old lawyer who was personal friends with Abe Lincoln, or a birthday clown sporting an oversized one. I get ridiculed for mentioning that I will, on occasion, wear a bowtie. The fact is, I relish the occasions on which I get to don one. While the ridicule is often unsurprising, the fact that most men don't own one is disappointing. That the majority of those who do own one have pre-tied clip-ons is lamentable. Bowties aren't the exclusive domain of the dweeb: they can add a level of dapper that stands out in a way that the necktie just can't. Maybe it's on account of the fact that it's such a rare sight, but it is decidedly more formal in nature.
The truth is that tying a bowtie is pretty simple.
I think the supposed difficulty of the knot is what turns guys away from the bowtie as a wardrobe option. What might surprise you to learn (as it turns out with most people I tell) is that it's actually the shoelace knot we tie everyday. Well... not the "bunny ears" version... the other one. The risk in tying your bowtie is that a poorly tied one simply looks ridiculous. (My personal opinion is that a clip-on is the only worse way to wear one.) You can hide a poorly done necktie end by buttoning your jacket if it's too short or tucking it into your pants if it's too long. Not so with a bowtie. It takes a number of attempts to get the subtleties of tying a bow around you neck, but a well done tie always looks better than a pre-tied clip on. The knot is fatter, looks more natural, and quietly announces to anyone who might notice that, yes, this guy knows how to tie one - and he didn't buy it at the costume shop. Practice makes perfect, and perfect looks pretty damn good if you ask me.
Bowties aren't meant for everyday occasions - you will (and should) be mocked mercilessly for showing up to the cubicle in a bowtie. Save it for the Christmas party.
Anyway, the long and short version of this post comes down to this:
The next time you're planning to go attend a formal event, Christmas party or wedding, please consider rocking a bowtie.