On the fourth day of Steampunk Christmas,
My true love gave to me:
a Four-in-Hand Tie.
As far as I can tell, a “Four-in-Hand” is a particular knot for tying ties, but Gentleman’s Emporium sells a line of ties called the “Four-in-Hand” which would be particularly appropriate for a late Steampunk era outfit.
Other neckwear possibilities are:
The cravat was the standard neckwear in early/mid Victorian times, having evolved from the neckcloth. Think Edgar Allen Poe (tied rather messily with a double knot)
or Michael Faraday (tied into a much neater-looking bow)
The Ascot lends a bit more formality than the workaday cravat. However, when tied loosely, it can be casual as well (especially when paired with a smoking jacket!)
Bow ties: If there’s one thing the Doctor has taught us is that bowties are cool. Bow ties likely evolved from a cravat tied in a bow which resulted in a large and rather floppy know. Over time bow ties became more structured (and more like modern bow ties). The Old West string tie is an obvious variant. here’s a picture of the British scientist Francis Galton wearing a natty 1890-1900 era bow tie.
Of course, there are many variations on these neckwear types for the steampunk outfit. While I have a couple of standard black cravats, I also have a ruffly red and orange silk one as well. Bright colors, complex patterns, and interesting tie pins (see the Third Day) all can lend a steampunk air to your neckware.