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The bolo tie first gained popularity in the U.S. amongst men who wanted a simple accessory to bring their look together. It is a bit more eccentric than your average tie, but if you are attracted to this kind of Western wear there are multiple ways that you can wear it.
Bolo ties can be as simple as a cord with a small buckle in the front that keeps it from slipping off of your neck, or can be made from more luxurious items. Simply slip the bolo around your neck and secure the buckle around your neck. The cords or strings will hang down in front of your chest in the same way that a neck tie does. If you’re unfamiliar with this accessory, you may want to start with a simple bolo so that you are not overwhelming your look until you are more comfortable with it
When you’re wearing a bolo tie, you should try not to overdo the Western look. The accessory itself is enough of a statement piece and adding much more will quickly give the impression that you’re wearing a cowboy costume. A pair of cowboy boots can look great with a bolo tie, but then refrain from also adding a big belt buckle and a cowboy hat. If western wear is very common where you live, you may get away with it, but otherwise you should aim to keep the rest of the outfit subtle.
Bolo Tie Looks
You can wear a bolo tie in the same way that you would wear a larger neck tie. Pair it with a suit, button down shirt, and dress shoes for a classy look with an eccentric twist. (See: Man pictured left.) It will draw a bit more attention than wearing a suit with a regular tie, as in most regions it’s less commonly seen. It’s a good look, but you should avoid wearing it to the office or other formal settings.
You can also wear your bolo tie with less formal clothes, such as plain t-shirts, vests, blazers, jeans, casual shirts and leather shoes. As you can see, it’s quite a versatile item. You should also try clasping your bolo tie lower on your chest, so it hangs more like a necklace. (See: Man pictured right.) This will give your ensemble a very laid back vibe.
Bolo ties are a somewhat eccentric accessory, and are not for everybody’s tastes. Worn right though, you can look very fashionable in them. You will definitely separate yourself from the masses when you’re sporting such an offbeat neck accessory. If they suit your style, don’t be afraid to experiment with bolo ties to find a look that you feel comfortable wearing it with.