Blokes, don’t be a dickie and tie yourself in knots on NYE: resort to faking it instead

Even England's Barry Hawkins needs help with his bow tie sometimes. Referee Terry Camilleri stepped in during  the Betfred.com World Snooker Championships at the Crucible in 2011
Even England's Barry Hawkins needs help with his bow tie sometimes. Referee Terry Camilleri stepped in during the Betfred.com World Snooker Championships at the Crucible in 2011
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If, unlike we who will be settling down to Jools Holland with a bowl of Twiglets and a bottle of Cava on New Year’s Eve, you are heading for a posh do to welcome in 2014, insist your bloke does black tie, by all means.

You will no doubt have gone all out with a gorgeous gown, hold-it-all-in undies, sparkling accessories... You’ll be trussed up like the proverbial Christmas tree, so why shouldn’t he be? Plus we women need to give our menfolk a dressing-down about dressing up; start insisting they step out in a style that matches ours for smartness. They’re all at it. How many celebs do you see where she’s in cocktail attire and he’s in jeans and jumper looking like he’s off down the pub? That trend for leaving their shirt untucked started the rot.

But take my advice; don’t let him buy a ‘real’ bow tie in the Boxing Day sales. It may add that sexy touch of Bond-esque sartorial elegance undone at the end of the evening, but trying to tie it will get him in knots. My husband tried for 20 minutes before our Christmas do at the weekend. After a temper tantrum, he threw it down in disgust and reached for a clip-on. So my son grabbed it, found a how-to video on YouTube and thought he’d show who was the dickie. Exactly the same thing happened.

Queue me arriving at the do with TWO men hot under the collar.