If self-tie is the only choice, how does the discerning gentleman navigate shape? The ‘thistle’ type - a bulge in the fabric followed by a fluted end - will give you a butterfly finish, too often associated with the circus or seen atop a ruffled prom shirt. A batwing end instead offers a slim, understated finish, the semi-formal vibe giving flexibility in application. Due to its classic elegance and dapper style, the batwing isn’t a slave to the tide of fashion: the minimal, modern cut always looks just as at-home in a cocktail bar, a business meeting, or at a formal function. We believe the batwing is a true piece of masculine style that will never lead you wrong.