The Pros and Cons of Tie Alternatives

There are plenty of reasons men list for not wanting to wear ties. They get dirty at lunch, they flop in the wind, they’re too tight, etc. Though I think all these excuses are unwarranted, I can understand preferring to wear a different neckwear instead. So…here are your options, in order of formality:

Cravat:

One way to tie a cravat

Advantages:

  • A zillion ways to tie it
  • Good for early 19th century dress-up

Disadvantage:

  • Only good for early 19th century dress-up

Bow tie:

doctor who matt smith bow tie bowtie

Advantages:

  • You can’t get it dirty or caught in something
  • It makes you look smart

Disadvantages:

  • Hard to tie
  • Could make you look like pretentious

Ascot:

how to tie an ascot tie

Advantage:

  • Lets you open your collar

Disadvantage:

Neckerchief:

Ken from toy story and his handkerchief

Advantages:

  • Soaks up sweat around your neck
  • Easy to tie
  • You probably have one lying around

Disadvantage:

  • Could make you look like a woman…or a Ken Doll

Bolo tie:

secretary of the interior sporting a cowboy hat and bolo tie

Advantages:

  • Badass
  • Permits you to wear a cowboy hat with a suit

Disadvantage:

  • Should only be worn by actual cowboys

Scarf:

brad_pitt wearing a scarf

Advantages:

  • Easy to find in stores
  • Keeps you warm

Disadvantages:

  • Will make you look like a woman (Sorry Brad)
  • More easily caught in turbo engines than ties

So, pick your poison. No matter what, people will stare  longer than normal. But if that’s a positive, pick a neckwear and run with it.

Cravat photo credit: Etsy

Doctor Who photo credit: johnnyikon

Ascot photo credit: Esquire

Ken doll photo credit: Disney

Ken Salazar photo credit: WashPo

Brad Pitt photo credit: Examiner

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