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Spring and summer are sensational times to sport a bow tie. Bright colors, dots, stripes, nautical motifs and flamingos or other party animals are all popular. There’s a pattern to suit any occasion, any personality, any age.

And, unlike a necktie, it will stay out of the dipping sauce.

Take a bow: A bow tie is the perfect finishing touch to this Bar III outfit. Bow tie, $49.50, and the rest are from select Macy’s.

Anchors away: Beau Ties Ltd. calls its Britannia woven silk bow tie “a jolly good tie for all manner of occasions.” Priced $59 at www.beautiesltd.com.

Pile of bow ties: Custom clothier Tom Barnett uses natural fabrics – silk, linen, cashmere or french cottons – for his handmade collection of bow ties. Generally priced from $55 to $75. From Tom Barnett Custom Tailored Clothing in Snyder and New York City.

Tie one on: One of Tom Barnett’s wide selection of bow ties goes by the enchanting name “Green floating blobs.” It sells for $55. From Tom Barnett Custom Tailored Clothing in Snyder and New York City.

You’re home: Step out in this royal blue “A Buffalo for all Seasons” silk print bow tie, and it will be the talk of the town. Priced $49.50 at O’Connell’s clothing, 3240 Main St., www.oconnellsclothing.com.