We might not have five gold rings, or even Ian Flemming’s Goldfinger, but we can furnish your collar with this dashing bow tie.

A dash of glamour is always called for, especially in and around the festive Christmas period. What you don’t want to do is to completely drape yourself in shimmering fabrics, dressed from top to toe in metallic garments and sparkling shoes – you’ll resemble something best used to decorate the Christmas tree. But what you can do, and this we encourage, is to spice up proceedings with a few golden accessories, enter the bow tie. Men don’t get the chance to change it up as much, accessories are our chance to add a bit of allure to our outfits for the festive season.

Traditionally, a tie or bow tie testifies to a more formal look, a traditional take on smart office or eveningwear. But we all know that doesn’t have to be the case, it’s all about ownership and taking control of what you wear. Add this dashing knitted bow tie in a golden mustard shade and you’re ready for just about anything and anyone. The trick is of course how to tie it. Most people know how to tie a tie, but we might have to go back to our grandfathers for expert advice on how to solve the bow tie problem.

Here’s a brief guide:

1) Place the bow tie around your neck, situating it so that end A is about two inches longer than end B.

2) Cross end A over end B.

3) Bring end A up and under the loop.

4) Now double end B over itself to form the front base loop of the bow tie.

5) Loop end A over the centre of the loop you just formed.

6) Holding everything in place, double end A back on itself and poke it through the loop behind the bow tie.

7) Adjust the bow tie by tugging at the ends of it and straightening the centre knot.

8) Off you go, and good luck!