Originally Posted by FillW What's wrong with bow ties?
but it seems most people can't carry off wearing them and looking good.
This reminds me of guys a few years ago discovering pocket squares for the first time as though the addition of any pocket square all of a sudden made them well dressed. A bow tie is only one item. I see well dressed guys and you don't focus on the fact that they are wearing a bow tie but simply that they are well dressed.
I think if you look at someone and zero in the a pocket square, bow tie or any other single accessory, that is a distraction. If it shouts "I'm wearing a bow tie" and perhaps you should try one that is a bit more subtle and coordinated with the rest of your fabrics and the cuts.
Once you have the basics down and feel comfortable, then try a more expressive bow tie for a party or some lively event, but maybe not the office.
PS-Those tiny little bow ties, unless you have a tiny little head, will always look like Pee Wee Herman. Get a tie in scale with your lapels , shirt collar and head.