Normally, ties are the choking collars that signify service to The Man. And they're usually as drab and boring as the jobs that require them. But the holidays are approaching, and starting with Thanksgiving we all have to "look nice" for the alarmingly large amount of time spent with your family or your significant other's family.

Even if you can't express your personal political or social views at the Thanksgiving table because it might lead your grandmother to offend your ethnically ambiguous girlfriend, at least you don't have to look like a boring Suit when you dress up. Some occasions require a tie: your wedding, your funeral, and the holidays. So retain some sense of individuality at these somber events with these 10 Awesome Ties for Guys Who Don't Wear Ties.