You Don’t Have to Wear a Bowtie With That Tux
Modern formal neckties are widely worn as formal ties that include bolo styles, button covers and ascots. More like a regular tie, cravats, also known as formal neckties, are so smartly designed in striking colors and fabrics, that they are highly acceptable in place of bowties at formal events. Since they come in so many vivid colors, and can usually be found with matching vests, handkerchiefs and cummerbunds, many young men who are wearing formal clothes for the first time when attending their high school proms, pick a color for those accessories that coordinates with their date’s prom dress. Certainly this has become “de rigueur” for wedding parties, with special colors for the groomsmen and best man that coordinate with the dresses of the bridesmaids and maid or matron of honor.
Formal wear, even in neckties, has become more flexible, even at black tie affairs. Individuality and being contemporary is the norm for modern formal necktie wear. Formal eveningwear still requires a tuxedo or a nice dark suit. The accompaniment and accessories include the traditional white shirt, dark socks and shoes, as well as a dark tie to complement the entire outfit. Modern formal ties are brightly colored with a matching handkerchief, but the tie must be of the highest quality. Silk, brocade, or metallic blends and fabrics are the modern acceptable look, highlighted with the right knot, preferably in the classic style.