Neckwear can be traced back to the 1600’s, when the French King Louis the XIV enlisted the help of a Croatian military group known as The Croats, who typically wore red scarves. King Louis took the style and made it his own, which became to be known as the Cravat.
Fast forward to the industrial age, as men put in longer hours doing manual labour, the need for a tie that stayed “tied” emerged, thus the neck tie was born. For more than 150 years the neck tie has remained a constant staple of men’s fashion. Today there are many styles of ties which are appropriate for different scenarios and occasions. Below are a selection of the most common types of neckwear.
A neck tie is a long piece of cloth worn for decorative purposes around the neck, resting under the shirt collar and knotted at the throat – Predominantly found in silk or polyester. Ties have become part of regular office attire and in some situations, it would be inappropriate to not wear a tie.
Knitted ties are characterised by their textured, loosely woven appearance and absence of a lining, The width tends to be narrow, similar to the skinny tie and uniquely, the knit tends to have a cut-off straight bottom, although pointed variations are available.
A formal neck tie that is tied into the shape of a bow, hence its name. Originating from the cravat of the 17th Century, it consists of a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar of a shirt in such a symmetrical manner that the two opposite ends form loops. Ready-tied bow ties are available, in which the distinctive bow is sewn and a band secures around the neck with a clip.
Five and Seven fold ties
As opposed to constructing a tie from multiple pieces, folded ties are constructed from a single piece of fabric. This method adds a hand crafted touch that requires a lengthy construction process. Though the number of folds that comprise the tie can vary, the seven-fold tie is the most popular. A seven-fold tie requires a seasoned artisan that is well versed in pattern making, sewing, and folding. Because of the amount of fabric that is used in this method of construction, there is no lining and the tie is able to hold its shape just by the shell alone.