The History of Neckties
December 30, 2015
Neckties are a common gift choice for men of all ages. Billions are spent on neckties every year. They have been used for different purposes. Neckties sow your social status and occupation and also your own identity. Also, neckwear has utilitarian purposes which protects the neck or even helps in hiding the buttons of the shirt.
Purpose Of Neckties
Neckties have been a part of men’s attire in different forms and from different ages. The ancient Egyptians used to wear a rectangular piece of cloth from the start. The closest form of the current day necktie has been seen by people in the Thirty Year War. Neckties depict your social status and is used for plain fashion purposes as well. It is used in different forms, sizes and shapes.
Neckties are a purely decorative accessory. It does not really keep you warm or dry but it doesn’t add to the comfort either. Neckties originated in the 17th century during the 30 year war in France. Initially, Croatian mercenaries were hired by King Louis XIII who wore this as a piece of cloth around their neck as a part of uniform. The necktie was seen as a decorative effect but they were later shown as a mandatory accessory for royal gatherings. Neckties initially came up during the 1900s and have evolved till 2013. In the 1900s, the tie was considered to be a must have clothing accessory for men during the 1st decade of the 20th century. The most common ones during that time were Cravats but they evolved from the early 17th century ties. After 20 years, a four in hand knot was invented. Even though there have been an evolution of other tie knots, the four in and is one of the most famous tie knots. Other tie knots during that time were bow ties and ascots.
Emergence Of Neckties
Between 1910-1919, neck ties started resembling the ties we see today as they evolved overtime. Moreover, between 1920-1929, neck ties became a good choice for men as bow ties were reserved for black tie functions. However after a time, neckties emerged as British regimental ties. Moreover, in between 1930-39 and 1940-49, neckties became wider and were seen in many patterns and designs. In the 49s, neckties took different form and shape and they became a collection of differently shaped and designed accessories. Moreover, in 1950-59, there was an emergence of skinny ties and these ties were then created to form a more fitting and tailored clothing. Neckties then became something that tie makers started experimenting with. Between 1960-69, there was a huge change in neckties and some of the widest neckties were created. A new necktie by the name of Kipper Tie came in. Between 1970-79, 2000-2009 and 2010-2013, neckties emerged with great vigor. Neckties became thinner in 2000-2009 with a range of 3.5-3.75 inches. The sizes were shrunk further between 2010-2013 and the ties now have different widths, cuts and fabrics. Now neckties range between 2.75-3 inch wide and the knitted ties come in different weaves, unique fabrics, width and patterns.
Neckties have massively evolved overtime. They are a great piece of accessory and they and are worn by all over the world. The average price for a necktie at a retail store is $34. Because it’s so pricey, a collection of neckties is typically obtained after many years of shopping. Yet for $8.95 per month, you are able to get a fresh tie made from premium materials such as silk, linen, and wool each month from Spiffster. What makes it extremely convenient is that the ties are chosen by our fashion enthusiasts and are delivered right to your doorstep! To take advantage of this offer, subscribe to the Spiffster necktie subscription box here.