A bow tie has become a trendy, popular alternative to the classic suit-and-tie look as of late. And it’s easy to see why. The bow tie helps you stand out from the crowd with a little bit of flare where other ties fall short.
While learning how to tie a bow tie can be a bit intimidating, with a little practice and dedication to the look, you’ll have it down in no time. It’s satisfying to arrive looking great, knowing that you successfully tied your own tie, as opposed to buying one of those cheating clip-on options.
Here are our favorite options for self-tie bow ties that any man, no matter how dexterous, can rock at his next formal gathering. Stock up on them for yourself or gift them to the man in your life on a birthday, anniversary or Father’s Day.
1. Luther Pike Seattle Bow Tie
They’re softer than silk and made with premium microfiber material that’s more affordable and more durable than the real thing. Through twill weave & single-needle stitching, this tie is built to last for years. You get the luxury look of silk without the cost and upkeep.
Pros: Multiple color options and styles, affordable, durable.
Cons: Thinner than other varieties.
2. John William Clothing 100% Silk Bowtie
These ties are hand sewn with quality in mind, are 2.5” in width and a great value for a luxury-looking bow tie. Save a little money without sacrificing quality and style at your next formal event with this self-tie bow tie.
Pros: 100% pure silk.
Cons: A little slippery to tie.
3. Pensee Mens Solid Woven Bowtie
The silky fabric is soft to the touch and super comfortable to wear with an adjustable neck between 13 ¾” to 18”. The bow width is 2.5”. The construction is handmade and comes in 12 different colors to match any outfit.
Pros: Adjustable neck, woven and super soft.
Cons: Not made of silk.
4. Alizeal Mens Paisley Bow Tie and Pocket Square
The pattern is classic, fun, bright but maintains its elegance. This style comes in a variety of colors to match any outfit. Both the bow tie and pocket square are handmade with a soft polyester blend and match for easy coordination.
Pros: Set comes with bow tie and pocket square. Fun design to help set you apart.
Cons: Colors may vary between sets.
5. Bundle Monster 3pc Mens Fashionable Bow Ties
Have a hard time committing? No worries! This pack comes with three different but complementary styles so you can mix and match between events while maintaining the same aesthetic. The brand has three different sets for a variety of different gentlemen including “Classy Lad” “Hector’s Go-Tos” and “Looking Sharp.” See which one resonates with you the most.
Pros: Three bow ties in one purchase, variety of styles and colors.
Cons: Run a bit small, won’t fit all necks.
6. HISDERN Men’s Animal Bow Tie Pocket Square Set
They’ve got flamingos, dinosaurs, elephants and even reindeer for the holiday season. It’s the perfect quirky gift for the man in your life looking to express his love of zoology. The classy color combinations keep it formal while this look makes a small, yet impactful, impression.
Pros: Cute animal prints, attractive color combinations, pocket square included.
Cons: Doesn’t include pattern on the back side.
7. BIYINI Men’s Checkered Bow Tie
Dress up a classic suit with these elegant and yet bold patterned bow ties. They have a large variety of colors and checkered looks to match your personality and style. You can round out the look with a matching pocket square, both made of thick high-quality fabric.
Pros: Great-looking patterns, heavier bow tie helps stabilize the knot.
Cons: Cut is stubby at the ends, rather than elongated.