An ascot tie, or ascot, is a neckband with wide pointed wings, usually patterned, folded over, and fastened with a tie pin or tie clip. Ascots are typically worn at formal daytime weddings.
The cravat is the more relaxed form of ascot. It is typically made from a thinner woven silk that is more comfortable when worn against the skin, often with colourful printed patterns – perfect for a more bohemian-style wedding.
Butterfly Bow Tie
The traditional bow tie consists of a strip of cloth which the wearer has to tie by hand. (Yes, there are clip-on, and pre-made options, but for real style clout, learn how to tie it yourself.) The modern butterfly, also known as the thistle shape, is the style of bow tie with which most people are familiar, and it is appropriate for nearly all occasions.
Batwing Bow Tie
The batwing shape, also known as a straight or slim bow tie, is the smallest in height. It’s a classic, clean, symmetrical shape that’s less formal than the butterfly, but still acceptable for formal events.
Diamond Point Bow Tie
The diamond tip bow tie has pointed ends, and is supposed to look dashingly asymetrical when tied – all the better for that touch of sprezzatura.
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You can never go wrong with a traditional neck tie, tied in a Windsor, half Windsor, or four-in-hand knot. If you’re wondering what colour your tie should be, a safe bet is the bridesmaids’ dresses, the flowers in the bride’s bouquet or any colour that accentuates the hue of your suit.
The bolo tie is a lot more popular in the United States than it is in Europe, due to its Western frontier connotations. But don’t let that stop you – if you feel like you’re a true cowboy or rockabilly king at heart, a bolo tie can certainly be an eye-catching accent to your wedding day suit.