When you think of bow ties, you may think they’re too tricky for the everyday man to pull off, and could have you looking like a nerd or ultra stuffy. Fellas, nix that train of thought. Every man needs at least one bow tie in his wardrobe arsenal. The current crop of bow ties come in fun patterns and interesting textures. Bow ties instantly add an air of sophistication, but can also be dressed down for a more casual setting. From casual to black tie friendly, take your pick from our list of bow ties we love (all under $100).
For the Risk Taker
Hugo Boss Silk Sequin Bow Tie ($95, hugoboss.com)
Jamie Foxx recently wore a sequined bow tie on the Oscars red carpet, and you can get the same standout style but for a fraction of the cost. This festive piece is perfect to jazz up a basic black tux.
For the Gentleman
Brooks Brothers Red Madras Plaid Bow Tie ($85, brooksbrothers.com)
Prints are still a heavy trend and plaid is a print that will never go out of style. With colors like red, aqua and beige, this tie will play well with practically every neutral shirt in your closet.
For the Rebel
Beams Plus Camouflage Print Bow Tie ($75, mrporter.com)
If the concept of wearing a bow tie still feels a bit too stuffy, then this camo print is perfect. The rugged pattern will add an unexpected twist to even the most conservative jacket. Wear it with a rolled up sleeve for an all-out casual look.
For the Sophisticate
Barneys Houndstooth Formal Bow Tie ($85, barneys.com)
This little number is the best of both worlds. At 100% silk, it’s classy enough to compliment a black tux. And the trendy, yet refined houndstooth print shows the world you know a thing or two about style.
For the Prepster
Countess Mara Moose Bow Tie ($22, macys.com)
You don’t have to be a student to add a preppy feel to a neutral blazer or jacket. And the green and orange hues work perfectly for the spring and summer seasons to come.
-- Patrice J. Williams
Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and budget style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She dishes on fashionable, affordable solutions for those who want to look their best without maxing out their budget. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow her on Twitter: @FlyonaDime.