Category: History of Neckties

5 Unusual Tie Knots to Learn and Master

So if you’re a member of Spiffster, you probably already know some basic tie knots. Whether you regularly sport the Windsor knot or Four-in-Hand knot, it’s good to learn a few interesting knots for more casual occasions. You’ll turn some heads for sure. So without further ado, here are some interesting ways to tie a neck tie knot:

1. The Onassis Tie Knot

This is one of the oldest ways to tie a Knot, the Onassis knot was introduced in 1989 by the Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. You might also strike up an interesting conversion. There are two ways to tie this knot; one is the full Windsor base which is said to be the best way, as it keeps the knot firm and it comes loose on its own. Furthermore, it is easier and keeps the Onassis Horizontal and another way is the four in hand base. They both look the same, but the Windsor base is more symmetrical.

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2. The Cape-Knot Tie Knot

Feeling like a superhero? The cape-knot tie knot might be one of the most attractive ways to tie a Necktie Knot and might make you feel faster than a speeding bullet. It can arguably be worn on any occasion, such as as a wedding or work. It is best suited with a stripe pattern or mono-colored ties. It makes the pattern look unique. It works well with thicker ties, as compared to any standard tie length.

3. The Linwood Taurus Tie Knot

One of the most difficult knots to tie, the Linwood Taurus knot looks like the horns of a bull and sometimes looks like the hands of the trophy. It is mostly worn at parties and informal events. It’s a wise decision to combine it with a vest. And because the knot is so wide, try to use this knot with shirts that have wide collars. Looks amazing with a plain color design.

4. The True Love Tie Knot

Want to show off your romantic side? The True Love knot is another tough way to tie a knot. It needs a lot of practice to get it right. It is divided into four portions, which gives it a heart shape. All the extra cloth tucks into the collar. This knot accents the style statement of a person and hence, is very popular an unusual knot. Save it for a Valentine’s day date.

5. Ediety Tie Knot

Also known as the Merovingian Knot as it was worn by Merovingian in The Matrix. A very unique looking tie knot; it looks best when worn with a two tone tie. It can either be of two different designs or two different colors. The Ediety knot looks decent and fancy with a sweater or a vest. This knot came in to prominence during the early 1920s. Many famous personalities in the past have worn it and made it famous.

The History and All We Know About the Paisley Pattern

The history of the paisley pattern dates back to centuries ago in ancient Babylon, or present Iraq, in 1700 BCE. Scholars have also argued the pattern originated from the city of Yazd in Iran, where a traditional fabric called a “Termeh” included patterns of what was then known as “Boteh.” The pattern resembles a host of things among them, a lotus, a mango, a leech, the yin yang symbol, even a dragon! In ancient Babylon, the paisley pattern was said to resemble an uncurled date palm, a flowering plant species in the palm family, Arecaceae, which was highly cultivated for its edible sweet fruit. The plant was a source of life’s basic necessities and produced food, wine, paper, and even shelter! Ancient Babylonians viewed the date palm as a symbol of prosperity, and thus the paisley pattern sprung into life as a result.

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Role of Kashmiri in paisley design

The Kashmiri, natives of the Kashmiri region in the Indian-Pakistani border also played a huge role in the popularization of paisley patterns. The Kashmiri practice of khil’at, “robes of honor” embraced the use of shawls which were decorated in all sorts of patterns predominantly of paisley design. The shawls were exchanged in political and religious ceremonies. A person in power would give the shawl to his or her inferiors as a show of luxurious compensation.

Current trend in paisley design

The use of paisley in fashion and design is still widely embraced to date. Current trends reveal an increased popularity and preference for the design in men’s fashion. Neckties, bow ties, shirts, t-shirts, pants, and coats are just but some of men’s clothing that are being designed with paisley patterns. The rich history of the patterns and their association with prosperity and plenty is said to be one of the reasons why men prefer to be in outfits with a touch of paisley. It’s classy and traditional. Perfect for any office environment.
Paisley is no doubt a major factor in fashion and design, and it could be argued that it is one of the greatest things that ever happened to the fashion industry.

The Origins and All We Know About the Trinity Knot

A relatively recent innovation, the Trinity Knot has a flashy, trefoil-shaped knot that is guaranteed to bring you some attention. This beautiful knot is a three-way symmetry and resembles the Celtic Triquetra. The Celtic Triquetra symbol is used as a religious symbol adapted from ancient Celtic images, and is also similar to Odin’s symbol, the valknut.

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But there are also many other meanings of the Trinity Knot, and most of them have to do with love and romance. Here they are:

  • It is a unique symbol of Ireland’s ancient culture.
  • The endless intertwining curves represent eternal love.
  • The Trinity knot can even be used to outline the stages of a woman’s life; youth, motherhood and old age.
  • It is sometimes called the Irish Love knot.

But enough about history, let’s talk about fashion. Imagine yourself at a cocktail party. Showing up with a Trinity Knot will definitely get you the attention you deserve from the ladies. After all, the Trinity Knot is also known as the Irish Love Knot. However, don’t wear this tie knot to business meetings, as the Trinity Knot is used for more social and informal occasions. Bringing this knot to a board meeting will make you appear as a showoff.

Because you use the small end to start tying the knot, it is one of the most difficult ties to master. Also, pick a tie that does not have too much thickness, due to the knot being on the bulkier side of the knot-thickness spectrum.

The best patterns for this knot include solids, stripes, and smaller patterns. Once you master this knot, try creating a pinwheel effect by getting the stripes to converge at the center. However, if there is a noticeable diagonal taper to the sides of the tie down near the narrow end, the threefolds will not converge towards the center and the effect will be ruined.

If you would like to tighten the knot, you can accomplish this by holding the knot in one hand and pulling down slowly on the wider end. Use caution though, and adjust the folds of the knot as you go. You don’t want to distort the shape of the knot.

Check out the image below on how to tie the Trinity Knot below and look spiffy, fellow Spiffsters!

Necktie – To Tuck in or Not to tuck?

Wearing neckties with formal wear may not give you much to experiment with as you have to maintain certain decorum to exude professionalism. However, wearing them with formal wear provides you with liberty to try them in different ways and styles.

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Although ties complete an overall look of a man, a flopping tie due to windy conditions may not leave a positive impact of the individual wearing it. There are a few methods to prevent the ties from flopping in the air such as the use of tie clip, tie pin, and tie bar etc. However, one such popular method of keeping the tie in place that has been gaining popularity since the last couple of years is tucking the tie inside the shirt.

There are those who are in favor of this technique of tie tucking as they feel it gives a clean and crisp appearance to a person’s overall personality. On the other side, a certain section is of the view that tie tucking takes away the style and class and the primary purpose of wearing a tie gets lost somewhere in between. However, tucking in a tie into your shirt can give yourself a military-style look that makes you look more edgy.

Worn cautiously, the tie tuck is best executed with a highly patterned or vibrant shirt paired with a plain tie, so the tie is not the focus of the outfit. So think solid color ties with darker colors, such as navy blue or black. The look is also best accomplished with a thin tie because a wider tie might leave too much bulk underneath the clothing.

Again tie tucking in shirts has received a diverse reception from the public. Some find it stylish and comfortable as compared to tucking it in the pants whereas for some it looks absurd and bizarre. The opinion definitely varies from person to person. Some people can pull it off, while for others it may appear as they are trying to protect their tie from drenching into soup. If you feel you have what it takes, give it a shot. It may not give you the standard classy look but it can certainly get you a second glance from everyone. Additionally, it can also work effectively to hide your tie if it’s longer in size.

Wearing a tie in the right way and flaunting it with élan is an art; you will find various tutorials online teaching you the right techniques to tie a tie. However, if you want to make a style statement, leave the practicality behind and come up with your own ways to define a new style statement with a tie. Sometimes being edgy with fashion is the best way to create a new trend.

Get to Know Your Different Plaid Patterns

Plaid Necktie

From miniskirts to pants, to giant scarves and ties, the timeless print of plaid has been on fire. Especially during this time of year when everyone is looking to feel warm. But did you know there are many different types of plaid? Here is a guide to inform you about the different plaid patterns. Because a Spiffster member should always be well-versed with the fashion trend. It’s time to get to know your plaid fabric patterns!

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Gingham

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Gingham was brought in the limelight in the mid-18 century with blue and white being the famous choice. It is a checkered pattern shirt that is distinguished by even-sized checks formed by horizontal and vertical stripes. Generally, two shades of color are used on a white background that forms a checkered design. Gingham checks are versatile and can be worn to any occasion, formal or casual.

Madras

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As the name suggests Madras is a pattern that was created in India’s city, Madras. This a summer fabric style as it contains checks and stripes in soft and vibrant colors. The checks are uneven and give a sense of depth and dimension to the pattern. A madras shirt is the best to pick for summer casual wear.

Tartan Plaid

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Tartan plaid was originated in Scotland and has made its way into the fashion industry as the famous pattern associated to plaid. It basically consists of vertical and horizontal stripes crossing each other and forming uneven checks. Tartan plaids are less colorful than madras check. Tartan is a bold plaid pattern so it is best left to smaller accessories such as bags, bow ties or scarves.

Shepherds Check

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Shepherd’s check has derived its name from the plaid design worn by shepherds. This pattern consists of alternating colored stripes crossing each other to form a checkered pattern, set against a twill weave backdrop. This pattern is perfect for a formal event.

Houndstooth

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Houndstooth is a pattern consists of a tight weave of broken, pointed lines and uneven checks. Houndstooth pattern is traditionally black and white but recently it is available in various colors. The traditional black and white houndstooth is best suited for workplace whereas other colors are best suited for informal occasions.

Windowpane

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The windowpane is a light, creative and open pattern that has relatively thin stripes crossing each other to form a large checkered pattern, similar to the patterns of the pane on a window. They are appropriate for the workplace because of the single color stripes that give the shirts a more formal look.

Graph Check

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Graph check is a pattern of lines crossing each other to form small checks just like the graph paper pattern. The pattern usually contains solid, thin, single colored stripes that cross each other. They are perfect pick for the workplace attire.

Tattersall

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Tattersall check is a pattern that has regularly spaced vertical and horizontal stripes. The unique feature of this pattern is the recurring alternating colors of the stripes that can be in two or three different colors. Tattersall checkered shirts are perfect for a casual evening out.

Pin Check

pin-check-plaid

Pin check is created with pin sized stripes that cross to form small checks that seem as dots from a distance. This pattern generally consists of one color set against white. They are perfect for a formal work setting.

17 Interesting Facts about Neckties

History of the necktie

In today’s article we will discuss some interesting and fun facts about neckties.

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History of Neckties

Historically speaking, neckties were originally and specifically used to keep the collars of men’s shirt bound together. With the period of time, necktie went through different trends and is now in its latest form and style in front of us. So how did the necktie evolve throughout time? We’ll answer that below in a form of a list of interesting facts.

Interesting Facts about the Neckties

1) Originally these ties were not known as neckties but cravat instead.
2) They were silk scarves worn by Croatian soldiers.
3) Till date, neckties are the most famous type of gifts given on Father’s Day.
4) Americans spend approximately $1 billion or even more to purchase 100 million ties a year.
5) These days it is even possible to buy a bulletproof tie for yourself.
6) The world’s most expensive type of a tie was made by an Indian designer named Satya Paul for Mumbai fashion show in 2004. The cost of that tie was $220,000 and it was made of pure silk with 261 studded diamonds.
7) Those people who are in a hobby of collecting ties are called Grabatologists.
8) In 17th century, the English designed such a tie that even a sword could not cut through.
9) There are many countries that manufacture neckties however, Shengzhou is still the biggest and largest manufacture of ties in the world.
10) The official tie of Arizona USA is the Bola Tie.
11) The stripes of American tie goes from top right to bottom left however, the stripes of British ties run from top left to bottom right.
12) Even today neckties are the most famous and popular gifts in the world.
13) Neckties were not originally used for the sense of fashion; they were so thick that not even a strong sword could penetrate it.
14) There was a time in history when touching another person’s necktie meant that you wanted to duel or fight with that person.
15) There are 177,147 ways in which you can tie and necktie.
16) It takes approximately 110 silk worms to make one high quality silk necktie.
17) British schoolboys are famous for wearing neckties.

Why Men Should Wear Neckties

Men and neckties

When it comes to fashion, females have always been naturally more inclined towards it. The variety and ranges of female accessories are more versatile than the male’s counterpart. Female’s beauty products are far more in range than male beauty products. All in all, females have far more choices and varieties to choose from than males.

Nonetheless, this does not mean that males do not get to choose from any product range or that they are not targeted by any fashion or beauty industry. As we discussed before, we humans evolve and change ourselves based on our experiences and behaviors. The main thing that has changed over time is that men are making their own fashion products—whether it’s clothes, neckties, shoes or belts, they are making progress.

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Neckties

Neckties were originally worn to keep the collars of your shirt tied together, however, over the period of the time the use and style of neckties also changed and is now in front of us in its newest form. Nowadays, neckties instead for their need are mostly used for their fashion requirements.

Men should wear neckties more often

As discussed before, the use of neckties has become a symbol of fashion and grace. Below we will highlight 5 reasons men should wear neckties. Although we believe that people do not need anything to make them look and feel better about themselves, however, the way you use these accessories also defines your personality. Therefore, always remember that you are the one making these accessories look beautiful not the other way around.

1. Grace
Neckties, if worn in the right manner, can make you look graceful and handsome. At the end it all depends on the person wearing them.

2. Class
As discussed, neckties have their own symbol now when it comes to fashion. You mostly wear neckties for formal dinners and gatherings. That is why one should always know how to wear a necktie that will enhance his personality and grace and not diminish it.

3. Different styles
There are all different styles and types of neckties that men can choose from. Again, this choice will also represent their personality and identity, so choose that will make you feel comfortable and confident.

4. Informal gatherings
Now neckties have made their own importance in the lives of men: whether it is a formal dinner or a get together, a presentation or a meeting. Men should own all different kinds of neckties for all different reasons to complement their personality.

5. Completes the attire
Neckties, if worn effectively, make your attire look complete and your personality graceful.

6 Simple Neckties Every Man Should Own

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In the last couple of decades, everything in this world has changed. Let it be earth, humans, technology or fashion. Fashion, in particular, has evolved majorly. Since the beginning, man has acknowledged the importance of clothing and its uses in different scenarios. What started as a necessity, with time, changed into fashion and style.

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Nowadays, fashion and clothing industry are one of the most revenue generating industries among other businesses. The reason for this is that people have recognized the role and importance that clothing has in improving one’s appearance and personality.

Today, we will discuss the most fashionable ties that every man must own to look dapper.

The Navy Tie

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Among the list of many different shapes and designs of neckties, navy tie is number one in this list. There are many reasons for this tie to make the first place, such as:

It can be used with many different colors, and is not bound by only one or two color schemes.

  • Navy tie can make any man look presentable and charismatic at the same time because of its basic and natural color.
  • This can be used more for business meetings and interviews.
  • It can be used with any type of wardrobe collection that you have. Be creative but be yourself.

The Glen Plaid Tie

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This tie is making the second position in our list of 6 ties. The reasons are as follow:

  • Glen tie, if used with basic color suit, can make your appearance glamorous.
  • This is generally used more for formal gatherings and dinners.
  • With simple color scheme and color selection you can make your look complete and charismatic.

The Simple Black Silk Tie

Simple Black Tie
The third name in our list goes to simple black silk tie. This tie is used for situations such as:

  • Weddings and gathering where you have to look and act respectful.
  • This tie can be used in situations where you need to be calm and collected not loud and wild.
  • It is simple yet effective.

The Dark Red Tie

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The fourth one in our list is dark red tie, it is used in places where you have to be assertive and conservative. It can be used for meetings or presentation where you have look presentable at all times.

Solid Blue Tie

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Another tie that is important for men to own is solid blue necktie. This color tie can be used in many situations: let it be meetings, diners and gatherings etc.

Polka Dot Tie

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Polka dot tie is the last one to make in our list today. It is also an important tie that men should own and use in many different situations. You can use it for both relax meetings and conservative gatherings, just know how to use it and please do not abuse it.

So, these were the 6 must-have ties for all fashionable men out there. We hope you would have found our post helpful. Stay spiffy!

The History of Bow Ties

Bow Ties

Bow ties are commonly worn by men and women alike. They are a popular choice amongst men than women. The advent of bow ties was during Croatian mercenaries in the Prussian wars that took place in the 17th century. They used to wear it around their necks to properly hold the opening of their shirts.

Their popularity grew in the 19th century as neck ties started becoming a popular choice. Bow ties actually were a modification of their predecessor, the cravat. By 1880s, bow ties became one of the most common fashion items in man’s wardrobe.

The bow tie has undergone many changes since it was first launched. It has changed both its form and function and become a traditional stereotype now. People wear bow ties all the time; whether it is street style to celebrity fashion, bow ties are worn by people and they are available in a variety of looks. Generally, bow ties are now considered to be one of the most happening fashion accessories.

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The start of bow ties was in the 17th century when people were seen wearing it around their neck. They used to wear a knotted piece of fabric around the neck that added a lot of warmth and appeal to their natural suits. The bow tie was worn by Croatian soldiers during the wars where they used to wear it to keep their collar shirts intact.

By the 1700s, the bow ties became a popular choice amongst the upper class and were a main feature of men’s dress.

In 1886, bow ties got a major booast as Pierre Lorillard, a renowned designer, developed a new design for it and wore it to the formal ball which was held at the Tuxedo club. His tuxedo gained immense popularity amongst people and bow ties became a hit choice amongst fashion enthusiasts.

Ever since the first launch of bow ties, they have gained immense popularity over time. In the last few decades, bow ties have changed the way we think about fashion. The bow tie has, over the years, moved out of its rigid categorization of just being something that is worn formally. It is now a fashion accessory that is worn at any event and for any purpose. Many celebrities have also worn bow ties and that has further increased their popularity. The catch? All different types of celebrities wear bow ties so there is no one particular category that does.

From Karl Lagerfeld to Manolo Blahnik, comedian Charlie Chaplin and others, everybody has been seen wearing a bow tie.

While previously, bow ties were used as a male accessory, they were worn by females in the 1920s and 30s. They were picked up by famous stars including Marlene Dietrich and others which increased their popularity as a common accessory that can be worn by males and females alike.

Bow ties have, therefore, emerged as a prime accessory for males in the 17th century to one of the most well used fashion accessory by males and females alike over the years. From their design to their type, bow ties have changed immensely over the years.

Skinny Neckties – Should I Wear them?

Skinny Neckties

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Skinny ties first became popular in the 1920s amidst a post-war climate that encouraged cost-cutting. It then made a comeback in the 1950’s, through pop icons like the Beatles and the Rat Pack – a style designed to complement fitted and tailored clothes of the time. However, in the 1970s, Elvis Presley sported thick ties making that design more stylish and the skinny ties were no longer the sought after fashion of the time. In the 1980s, skinny ties partially made an appearance, but, it wasn’t until recently that the skinny tie really made its mark in the fashion world. Moreover, Christian Dior launched the “New Look” – of “a narrow silhouette” – for gentlemen, bringing the slim, somber “conservative” ties back into fashion.

The general consensus is that skinny ties look best on men that have a tall and thin built (If Chris Pratt or Tom Hardy – in his Bane days- were to wear it, their built would over power the look).

The retro look of narrow neckties is a sought after look by young and fashion oriented men. This group of men wears the skinny tie combined with jeans, and a dress shirt with rolled up sleeves and an open top collar. A skinny tie can be paired with slim suits that are perfectly tailored to the thinner frame. These ties are gaining popularity amongst celebrities and a look at the fashion and entertainment industry will show how the skinny tie is the rage. From red carpet events, to photo shoots or even after parties, celebrities and fashionistas can be spotted wearing the skinny tie. Even among musicians, skinny ties are popular and are regularly incorporated into their attire. Skinny ties aren’t restricted to a certain genre of music. Bands such as “My Chemical Romance” as well as pop music stars like Justin Timberlake, all support the skinny tie – it is everywhere.

Thanks to the various industries, the skinny tie is now a part of the ever growing diverse fashion.

Skinny ties are not just restricted to men’s fashion. Popular fashion designers have started to incorporate skinny ties into women’s fashion providing the image of a new modern woman. Women’s collection all over the world now feature skinny ties, although the length is slightly shorter than that of men and the colors are even more brighter and better.

However, it is probably safe and acceptable to wear a skinny tie to a work place if one works in a relaxed, creative environment. For businesses such as investment banks or law firms, the skinny neck tie is unsuited and will probably be frowned upon and seen as irresponsible and non-serious.

For a more generic black-tie event, stay away from the skinny tie and opt instead for a tuxedo and white pocket square. Follow the celebrities and the elite of fashion and choose solid black neckties made from fine silk.

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