While string ties are considered synonymous with bolo ties in the West, they’re more commonly designed as a thin, delicate ribbon in Japan. They’re used as an alternative to the more prominent ribbon ties and are a staple of school and maid uniforms. String ties can also be spotted as an accessory for Victorian-inspired outfits.
Rei Ayanami (from Neon Genesis Evangelion) probably has one of the most famous string ties in anime history. Of the other illustrations below, what do you think of the other outfits featuring this accessory?