The journey of ties over the years
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The journey of ties over the years

Have you ever wondered about the history and origin of neckties and how they evolved over years?

The journey of ties over the years

Any men’s formal wear is incomplete without a tie. A tie adds class and sophistication to one’s outfit. Neckties symbolise order, nobility and honour. Have you ever wondered about the history and origin of neckties and how they evolved over years?

History of Ties

Most history specialists concur that the tie began in the seventeenth century, during the long term battle in France. Ruler Louis XIII employed Croatian hired soldiers who wore a piece of fabric around their neck as a feature of their uniform. Indeed, he loved it so much that he made these ties a required frill for Royal get-togethers, and – to respect the Croatian officers – he gave this dress piece the name “La Cravate” – the name for a tie in French right up till the present time.


Since the seventeenth century, the necktie has gone through many changes, regularly inconspicuous yet terrifically significant.

Evolution of Ties

During the twentieth century, the world considered tie to be in proper cravats as men’s style turned out to be less about the look and more about usefulness and fit.

The 1920s were an important decade for men’s neckties. A New York tie manufacturer named Jessie Langsdorf invented a new method of cutting fabric when making a tie. This method allows the tie to return to its original shape after each use. This invention created many new tie knots.

Neckties have become the main choice for men because bow ties are only used for formal dinners and black ties.

Bow Ties were a way for men of honour to communicate their creative side. During the Art Deco development, the ties became more extensive and bolder, communicating and reflecting Art Deco.

Ties kept on becoming bolder and more beautiful. The designs became more ‘in the face’  and turned into a piece of proclamation clothing.

It is reputed that 'thin' ties were designed as the producers were running low on texture. If there is truth in this, they were still a proclamation and used during the 50s to commend a more fitted, custom-made styling.

The 'thin' tie development took a U-turn during the 60s when a few gentlemen wore ties as wide as 6 inches! These were known as 'Kipper Ties', and they were utterly embraced during the disco development of the 70s.

As time continued, more materials were consistently accessible for tie producers. The 80s saw the reappearance of the thin tie close to the ‘Kipper Tie’. The 1980s are unquestionably not known for extraordinary design. Rather than accepting a specific style, tie producers made any sort of neck-wear style during this period. Super wide 'Kipper Ties' were as yet present somewhat similar to the reappearance of the thin tie, which was regularly produced using calfskin.

Today, ties are accessible in a wide range of widths, cuts, textures. As it was stated, the earlier necktie has become an essential part of formal wear. Then as the years passed, ties have become available with tons of variety to choose from in terms of colours, patterns or fabric.