Although the classic necktie is much more common there are certain instances when there is no
substitute for the bow tie. Special events requiring black tie attire are a perfect example. While pre-tied
bow ties are most common (simply because most men are too lazy to learn to tie a bow tie), self-tied
bow ties are the choice for true bow tie aficionados. They stand out because they usually have a slightly
asymmetric look. Also, it is the self-tied version that is almost exclusively chosen for casual settings –
not because they look casual, but because they are noticeable as a self-tied bow tie – something the
bow tie lover is proud off.