The only reason for wearing a tie is to add colour to drab, conservative work clothes. It is also the only item of male business attire that you can have any fun with at all. It is a powerful accessory that states a lot about how you feel on that particular day. The tie is a perfect accessory to be remembered by and it also can bring a smile on our faces.
Why do men wear ties?
As with most things, the answer can be found in history. Neckties date back hundreds of years, coming into existence as the direct result of a war. In 1660, in celebration of its hard-fought victory over the Ottoman Empire, a crack regiment from Croatia (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) visited Paris. The soldiers were presented as heroes to Louis XIV, a monarch well known for his tendency toward personal adornment. The officers of this regiment were wearing brightly colored handkerchiefs fashioned of silk around their necks. These neck cloths – which probably descended from the Roman fascalia worn by orators to warm the vocal chords – struck the fancy of the king, and he soon made them an insignia of royalty as he created a regiment of Royal Cravattes. Vanity reigns supreme! The word “cravat,” is derived from the word “Croat.”
How to tie a Shelby knot?
The Shelby knot is a more obscure knot and was popularized by anchorman Don Shelby in the 1970′s. It works best with wider ties that are made from heavier material.
- Start with the tie draped inside out around your neck, wide end on the right.
- Bring the wide end under the narrow end.
- Bring the wide end up and pull it down through the loop between your neck and your tie. After you pull the wide end all the way through, bring it to the left.
- Bring the wide end over the knot to the right.
- Pull the wide end up through the loop between your neck and your tie.
- Thread the wide end through the knot and pull tight. Centre as needed.
Prada has captured the retro spirit of fall with an exceptional collection of bold, geometric twill neckties based on 1920s and ’30s designs ($215 each). With flashes of bright color and patterns. It seems the more colour and patterns you wear the more you’ll get noticed. The width of the tie is much wider than usual.
Who says the 70’s are out
Loving the swirls
How unique are these?
Purple ties always look great