Thoughts on Neckwear

03 Aug

Today, men can wear a number of neckwear styles – the necktie, the bow tie, the cravat, or the scarf.  All of these styles, including the modern scarf, developed from the neckerchiefs wore by Croatian mercenaries during the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648).  But, are they still important?

Yes!  They are a key part of every man’s wardrobe, whether he wears it once a year or every day.  In today’s world, it is important for men to show their creativity and individuality.  Neckwear is one of the easiest places for that creativity and individuality to show through.

In the early 19th century, as neckwear styles were just developing, there were dozens of ways to tie a neckerchief.  Today, while the ways to tie a tie are more limited, that should not limit a man’s choice of neckwear.  For example, there are the classics – the striped Repp tie, the knitted silk tie, the paisley, and traditional prints – which provide nearly endless variation themselves!

So, next time you want to add some extra style points, try a tie.


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  1. Michael

    4 August 2010 at 16:31

    That Neckclothitania illustration makes me laugh.

  2. Thornproof

    4 August 2010 at 23:39

    Yeah, it is a great example of the sheer number of styles … and, it is only one of the illustrations from the book! Unfortunately, I don’t have a copy of it to hand … have only gotten to look at one in the library in Oxford.

  3. Jonathan Manor

    24 September 2010 at 12:57

    On this month’s GQ, I know it’s pretty obvious, Ryan Reynolds is wearing a wool tie. It’s pretty different.

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