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Origin of the necktie

Posted on: October 20, 2014

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Have you ever wondered why men wear ties? Why this was includedas part of dress?

Neckties can be taken as decorative accessary. Men around the world love wearing them, though neither it keeps warm or dry nor adds comfort to the wearer.

most people have the same opinion that wearing of necktie started in the 17th century. The Croatian mercenaries hired by King Louis X111 wore a pice of cloth around their neck as part of their uniform. It had a decorative effect too. King Louis liked it very much. Thus he made neckties mandatory accessories for Royal gatherings. To honor the Croatian soldiers the King gave this neck tie the name ‘La Cravate” the name for necktie in French to this day.

The tie as we see and know today didn’t become known  until 1920s. Many changes took place in designs and styles accroding to fashion and need.

Today, ties are availble in many widths, cuts and  patternsand fabric. It is about personal choice of the man who wears it according to his society and gatherings. However the standard width of the necktie is still in the 3.25-3.5 inch range. Many designers offer narrow ties too that about 275-3 inches wide. Besides the width, unique fabrics, weaves and patterns introduced as well.

Knitted ties became popular in 2011 and 2012 with bold florals and  paisleys (Paisley or Paisley pattern is a term in English for a design using the boteh or buta, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin. Paisley is a town in West Scotland, centre of textiles)

This design is still in fashion and demand.

5 Responses to "Origin of the necktie"

😄 Who knew?! A fun post!


Interesting… 🙂

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Thank you for reading:) much appreciated


Very interesting, Tanveer. I didn’t know that. Thanks. 🙂

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