The bow tie is a traditional piece of neckwear dating back centuries. Less common these days than in years' past, there are many advantages to rocking a bow tie over a conventional one. Although it takes a confident man to wear these accessories, bow ties are definitely strong statements regarding personal style and a respect for tradition.
There's no question that a bow tie -- especially the presence of one in a room full of "regular" neckwear -- makes the wearer stand out. It's a way to get noticed, and worn properly with a peerlessly-tailored suit and great shoes, displays a timeless style sense. As long as the tie isn't garish or worn to be noticed for its own sake, it shows a sense of purpose and creativity of dress that many men overlook, or are afraid to show.
Most men are taught at a relatively early age how to tie conventional ties. It's the rare individual that knows how to tie a bow tie, with many used to simply clipping one on with their rented wedding tuxedo. Bow ties, due to their general rarity, generate interest in the wearer. The fact that a man is wearing a bow tie indicates that to a certain extent, he is aware of tradition and traditional styles of dress.
Bow ties have a unique place in men's fashion as being appropriate in any situation, whether formal, suit-and-tie or casual. Fashion-forward men will often wear bow ties with trim denim jeans and a cardigan. The right bow tie adds considerable panache and pop to almost any casual outfit. Whereas a conventional four-in-hand tie is almost expected to only be found at the office or a funeral, the bow tie is comparatively free of these restrictions. Note however that solid black or white bow ties are -- and should be -- solely the province of formal attire.
Classic and Timeless
Bow ties are a classic style piece, worn on a regular basis today by men in the American South in particular. Although rarely considered "fashionable" in a trendy sense, bow ties are always stylish. However, it's important to understand that an overly large or colorful bow tie may be looked upon as satirical or odd, which defeats the purpose. Trim and tasteful bow ties, while perhaps not something a man would choose to wear everyday, are never out of place and always timeless.