This is a list of notable bow tie wearers, real and fictional; notable people for whom the wearing of a bow tie (when not in formal dress) is also a notable characteristic.
A list of bow tie devotees reads like a Who’s Who of rugged individualists.
Bow tie wearing can be a notable characteristic for an individual. Men’s clothier Jack Freedman told The New York Times that wearing a bow tie “is a statement maker” that identifies a person as an individual because “it’s not generally in fashion”. Numerous writers and bow tie sellers have observed that the popularity of this type of neckwear can rise and fall with the fortunes of the well-known people who wear them.
In 1996, The Wall Street Journal quoted statistics from the Neckwear Association of America showing that bow ties represent 3 percent of the 100 million ties sold each year in the United States, most of them part of formal wear, such as a tuxedo.