Long, short, skinny, wide, plain or patterned?
Your choice of tie is as individual as you.
But how many of us know how this timeless accessory became so popular?
It is widely known that Louis XIII had an eye for fashion. When a group of Croatian mercenaries arrived on his doorstep, the first thing the King noticed was not their weapons, but their fabulously stylish neckties. King Louis adopted these neckties as a staple fashion accessory and renamed them ‘cravats’ in tribute to the ‘Croats’ after whom they were named.
A natural progression from the formal cravat, the bow tie became a staple fashion accessory in England by the end of the 19th Century. Rumour has it the black bow tie gained in popularity after one Pierre Lorillard wore the accessory to a party at the Tuxedo Club, near New York. This spawned the era of the
smouldering tux-and-bow-tie look we are so familiar with today.
It wasn’t until 1924 the modern neck tie arose in prominence as an everyday accessory, largely due to manufacturing changes. The following decades saw people experimenting with different knots and materials, truly projecting their own identity through the humble necktie. Some neckties became far wider than previously worn and often displayed bright pictures and images.
The 1960’s saw the introduction of ultra-wide, ultra-bright neckties, with some as wide as 7 inches across. This trend lasted well into the 70’s and was the must have accessory for any seriously groovy disco-lover.
The 1980’s were all about big hair, big makeup and big mobile phones. Ties, however, were an altogether more sleek and stylish affair, complementing the crisp power suits adorned by so many men and women.
Today, both men and women choose from an array of patterns, widths and materials when selecting their perfect tie. Cravats and bow ties remain hugely popular and neckties are frequently used to dress an outfit ‘up’ or ‘down’ depending on preference and event. It’s all about your individual style and personality.
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