Go Get a Tie.

Ever wondered how the wearing of a piece of fabric around the neck became such a fashion statement? Maybe you haven’t, but I have. Curiosity sent me searching the internet for the history of this fashionable piece of neckwear.This is what I found:

The forerunner to the modern necktie is the cravat. Some attribute it to a set of Croatian soldiers who were first observed wearing them. During the time of the Thirty Years War (1630’s), a set of Croat soldiers came to France to support King Louis XIII. They wore colourful neckerchiefs as a part of their uniform. Even the name “Cravat” is said to have been derived for “Croats.” 

So, this was the story until the Chinese Terracotta Warriors were discovered in 1974. Interestingly, these “soldiers” all wore a piece of fabric neatly wrapped around the neck. The Chinese emperor Qin Shih Huang had these replica sculptures of his army made in around 210 BC.
There is also a mention for the Romans. Here, also, another set of….soldiers wore a neck cloth.
Croats, Chinese or the Romans? You decide…

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As you can see the cravat is just a fancy piece of fabric wrapped around the neck. I wonder if it has anything to do with keeping the neck warm? The French made the cravat a fashion statement. Believe it or not, it took a few hundred years before it came down to this narrow piece of fabric called the necktie. Today the necktie is an essential component of formal wear for a gentleman. They come in various sizes, colours, patterns and fabrics.

The Paisley Silk Tie

Perfect for a plain white dress shirt. And that’s only a suggestion because a plain, blue shirt could do or even a light peach. The Sapeurs say use three different colours each time

The Plain Tie

For that plaid or striped shirt you’ve been meaning to wear. You contrast the patterns with this solid coloured tie.

The Plaid Tie

For the plaid tie it’s best to wear it with a plain shirt. Of course you can wear pattern on pattern, but only those gifted with a sense of style can really pull that off. The patterns should be of different scales.
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The Skinny Tie

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Notice the width of the lapel? The width of your tie is determined by the width of your lapel (folds on the front of the jacket). These are for your slim fit shirts. In case you don’t know what that is see the previous post.

The Knitted Tie

Handmade, silk or wool, knitted ties are a classic. You can get them in a range of colours and patterns. It gives that cross between sophistication and cool.

The Air Tie?

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Yes, that’s right. It’s just what it says, an “air” tie. Because sometimes you just don’t feel like doing the tie thing. Button all the way up and you’re totally fine. Less is more.
Now you’ve seen the various types of ties there are. One thing that still remains a challenge: how to tie my tie? Now there are a number of ways to do this. It all depends on the type of knot you want. The infographicbelow should help.

Some Professional Advice from MrPorter.com

Where to get them?

A few places to look for ties – TieHard, Pocketsquare, tiebar, HM, Forever21
As always, do you and remember “Style is personal.”

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