The bolo tie is a Western fashion staple, hailed for its comfort and versatility. Employing several types of clasps, the bolo tie can be worn with a closed or loosened collar.
In the 1930’s, Navajo men would fasten a silver concha to their necks with a string. The bolo tie is also traced to the neckerchiefs worn by Boy Scouts and Argentine cowboys.
In the United States bolo ties are widely associated with Western wear, and are common in the western areas of the country.
New Mexico passed a non-binding measure to designate the bolo as the state’s official neckwear in 1987. The State Legislature adopted the bolo tie as the official State Tie on March 13, 2007.