Ties & bow ties
When you first venture into the workforce, dressing up is essential to make a good impression. This continues as you ascend the corporate ladder until you reach the top spot, when dressing up is an option and polo tees are no longer just for golf but go unquestioned at work.
Neckties were first worn by Roman soldiers as a form of identification for their group. The medieval equivalent of the repp ties at clubs, neckties became popular in France, along with stocks, neckcloths and cravats. It is essentially just something to cover the decoration-bereft shirt. Where women had jewellery, men came up with ruffles and knots to clothe their necks. Bow ties appeared later, as an evolution of the necktie.
Neckties tend to come in various widths but, generally speaking, slimmer ties are in style today. They come in lined and unlined versions, the latter being the luxurious six or seven-fold-ties. Six-fold ties are perfectly symmetrical with an interlining, while seven-fold ones are made in silk and totally unlined. There are many knot styles, but you will find yourself using no more than three on a regular basis.