A man wearing a bow tie

Bow ties seem much more formal than neckties when worn with a tuxedo, and much less formal otherwise–go figure. I honestly can’t remember the last time I wore any sort of tie. I feel my brain needs all the extra blood flow it can get. But if you’re the tie-wearing sort, or would like to be for a day, try a bow tie—August 28 is National Bow Tie Day. If you, like me, are not the tie-wearing sort, don’t worry: you have another option!