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Neckties and Bow Ties

A long piece of cloth which is generally worn around the neck area for charming and decoration purposes, and that remains stable under the collar of shirt and knotted at the throat is called a necktie or, sometimes, simply a tie.


Whereas, another tie which constitutes a fabric’s ribbon knotted around the shirt’s collar in such a balanced way that it’s both ends form a symmetrical loops on both sides is referred to as a bow tie.




Now, the question arises that why men wear ties? Another thing also itches mind about the evolution of its style. Although, everyone thinks of it as a purely decorative item only which does not provide any kind of protection from any type of weather i.e. hot, cold, rainy etc. Yet, most of the people around the world involve themselves in wearing and loving it.  The following article goes in brutal details about the evolution and the prestigious history of a necktie.


Many tailors believe that the 30 years of French war, in the 17th century, were responsible for the origin of neckties. When the French Emperor King Louis XIII took over, he hired some mercenaries from Croatia to punish his antagonist elements. Those mercenaries used to wear a piece of cloth wrapped around their necks, as a part of their uniform – a look that the King Louis was quite fond of. The King made it mandatory for all types of royal gatherings and to honor the Croatian mercenaries, he gave that piece of cloth the name La Cravate.




There is not much resemblance of today’s neckties than to the early 17th century neckties, but for more than 200 years, that style remained popular throughout the Europe. It was because of its brilliant uniqueness. Modern neckties found their first evolution near the early 1920s. After that, they have witnessed many changes in their style and binding techniques.


The following chronological order better explains the real evolution of neckties.



·         1900-1910

During that time, it was a must accessory for men. Most of the neckties of that era were similar to that of the Croatian mercenaries. However, their method of knotting it was different as they used “Four In Hand” technique which is still quite popular.




·         1950-1959

This decade is well-known for the emergence of skinny ties. Ties were mostly 6 inches in width and named as “Kipper tie.”


·         2000-2009


That era gained popularity owing to the reduction in the width of ties by 3 inches. European designers went one hand ahead in its deduction and so the most-skinny neckties were developed.


·         2010-Today


Neckties of today are available in many variety of widths, fabrics and cuts. Today’s standard widths are 3.25-3.5 inches. This current era is also known for the emergence of many unique fabrics and variety of designs.




The 19th century is regarded as the door that allowed the entrance of bow tie as a new style or modification of necktie. But in the mid 1880’s, it became a symbol of status for casual men’s wardrobe.


But the bow tie first showed an immense change in trend in 1900s when it became a symbol of usage by people belonging to academics and surgeons. Later, it also experienced many changes in its styles from the street style to the runway, to the celebrity fashion. Its decline started at the end of WWII. In spite of that, it is still considered an important part of wardrobe today.




The first difference between both ties lies among their definitions which has already been described in the first section of this article. Both types of ties are mainly differentiated by their lengths.


Let’s first discuss the salient features of a necktie.


Necktie is generally long and narrow.


It seldom reaches the waist as it is worn around the neck with a knot.


A suit is generally worn along with necktie to give it a charming and a professional look.


The necktie can be loosened without taking it off.


It covers the all the buttons in the front of a shirt.


It can be knotted by a variety of ways.


Now discuss the features of a bow tie:


It is basically a variant type of a necktie.


It is only a bow at the neck and can take the shape of rainbow.


This type of tie is usually tied around the collar.


Owing to its small dimensions, it can only cover the neck button.


Can be found in two types: clip-on bows & pre-tied bows.




The following are the best environments for a necktie to be worn.




Whenever, you are invited on a business event, your goal should always be on how to look professionally superior to others. Unless you work at home, don’t wear any hoodie on a business type event. To get professionally boost up, you have to wear a tie with an enchanting suit.




The act of marriage is slowly turning its trend from formal to casual as the time passes by. In this situation, it is best to consider a suit and a tie mandatory.




It may sound personal and rightfully so, but whenever you are about to take a girl on a date to a parochial coffee place, try to go with a tie as it offers an upscale vibe.


Whereas, a bowtie finds its applications in the following places.




Most of the religious services are not of very formal types, but wearing a bow tie on such events really puts you on a high note.




In the modern era, only a few work environments allow the usage of a bow tie with preliminary subsidiary for restaurant workers etc.




Although, both holds benefits of their own, but necktie is certainly a level ahead tie owing to some reasons:


·         Bow tie often leaves broad expense of shirt that looks unbalanced.


·         Bow tie is thought to be formal and a thing that so many people should not wear it as part of their dress. Because it is thought to be reserved for evening ceremonies only.


Bret Rakfeldt