Our black bow tie is manufactured in the USA to meet or exceed all Mil-Spec regulations. Pre-tied for your convenience, the black bow tie is generally listed as an optional purchase item, but in point of fact its wear is mandatory at many formal social functions.

The original ancestors of the bow tie would today be more properly called cravats, derived from the French for “Croatian” because it referred to neckwear worn by Croatian mercenaries who fought for the French during the Thirty Years’ War. Adapted by French royalty, the cravat evolved to form the basis of the long necktie and the bow tie.

Black bow ties are authorized for wear by all five of the Armed Forces of the United States (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard), as well as the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the United States Merchant Marine. In all cases, wear of the bow tie is restricted to formal affairs.

Interestingly, the only Marine Corps uniform for which the bow tie is authorized is the Staff Noncommissioned Officer’s Evening Dress. In the Coast Guard, female personnel may choose to wear the bow tie in lieu of the black tab tie.

About us

As a certified manufacturer of uniforms and insignia, The Salute Uniforms considers it a privilege to provide the members of our nation’s military services with superior-quality apparel and accoutrements. We guarantee that every product we offer is made in the USA and meets or surpasses Mil-Spec standards. Browse our online catalog and discover how our tradition of excellence and commitment to innovation makes us your best source for military uniforms, insignias, medals, and accessories.


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