Words for Neckwear



Bolo tie to the left, ordinary tie to the right


A lanyard

A tie goes round your neck. Usually worn by men to work but I wore one to school every day for 12 years – I can tie ties very well! A scarf can also go round your neck.

Other neckwear are lariats, lanyards and bolos.


  • A bolo tie (sometimes bola tie or shoestring necktie) is a type of necktie consisting of a piece of cord with decorative metal tips or aglets (aiguillettes) secured with an ornamental clasp or slide.
  • In the United States bolo ties are widely associated with Western wear, and are generally most common in the western areas of the country. The bolo tie was made the official neckwear of Arizona in 1971. New Mexico passed a non-binding measure to designate the bolo as the state’s official neckwear in 1987. On March 13, 2007, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson signed into law that the bolo tie is now the state’s official tie. Also in 2007, the Bola tie was named the official tie of Texas by the Texas Legislature. In the United Kingdom, bolo ties are known as bootlace ties. They were popular with 1950s Teddy Boys.


  • This is usually a piece of jewellery consisting of a long strand which can be tied in several ways.


  • A lanyard is a rope or cord exclusively worn around the neck or wrist to carry something. Usually it is used where there is a risk of losing the object or to ensure it is visible at all times. These can be used to carry keys, usb sticks, mobile phones.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

4 thoughts

  1. After a bad experience with a former employer, where I was required at all times onsite to wear a lanyard displaying my ID and access control card, I tend to think of a lanyard more as a leash…

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