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The History of Neckties





You might think that the history of the necktie is not exactly the most interesting thing to learn about amongst the many other things about which you could learn, but there are some interesting facts buried in the neck ties development that might surprise you!

The invention of neckties dates all the way back to the 17th century. The 30 year war is when they were first worn and at this point they were worn mostly by the soldiers. This insured that the top of their shirts remained closed. Croatian mercenaries wore them so that they could appropriately present themselves to the King. Shirts back then didnt have very many buttons so carves were worn with them instead. These early ties were worn loosely around the neck to ensure comfort. There were therefore two main reasons as to why the early ties were worn:

- Keep the opening top of uniforms closed
- For the protection of the neck from the cold weather, wind, and rain.

Historians seem to have a back and forth debate over whether or not the style was a form of fashion even back in those days.

During the time of the war, while the Croats were fighting with King Louis of France's men, he was particularly impressed with the uniformed ties that they wore around their necks. He adapted to wearing the cloth pieces himself he liked them so much. This is the point where it became a true fashion accessory worn by many other men. Generally the men of upper class would wear these ties to various different formal functions. King Louis gave the tie the name La Cravat in honor of the Croats that fought in the war and this is a name that is commonly still used in France today.

As the years went by the materials used to make the ties changed. Some ties are still made from fine cotton, while others were made out of wool or expensive silk. Although the very first official ties were white in colour, nowadays a vast number of colour and pattern options are available.

OVer the years, a new type of tie has also gained in popularity - the bow tie. Many believe that the style of the bow tie was inspired by the original necktie as worn by the Croat mercenaries all those years ago, although there are also other schools of thought on its beginnings. Generally those that wear bow ties are lawyers, doctors, professors, and those that work in the political field. It is also a popular choice for young boys to wear as page boys in modern weddings.
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