The many different faces of the tie

The many different faces of the tie

by Linen MenLau

The simple tie comes in many different formats, from the simple, standard necktie to the bolo tie. But when should you wear each of these ties, and what with. These tips should come in handy:

  • Standard – The ‘normal’ tie, created in 1924. This can be worn with any suits or blazer. Typically the blade width is 3.25” to 3.5”.
  • Ascot - Introduced at some point in the 19th century, this tie is always made from silk. Commonly worn with a tailcoat, its name originates from the horse race that it was normally worn to. blade width of 4.5” to 6.0”
  • Skinny – The newest tie on the list, created in the 1950s and made famous by the Beatles. Best worn with a slim cut suit, with a blade width of 1.5” to 2.0”
  • Kipper – Similar to the Ascot, but this time it can also be made from other materials than silk. Created in the 1966 with the same blade width as an Ascot.
  • Bow tie – Possibly the oldest of the ties, this one originated in the 1800s, around the neck of a wealthy New York fashionista. Made from a large variety of different materials, from silk to even denim. It used to be worn exclusively with a tuxedo, but is now seen with blazers and suits also. Width varies but is normally around the 4.5” mark.
  • Bolo tie – Usually worn exclusively by men in Texas, it is now beginning to spread to the rest of the world. Originating in the 1940s and made famous by Texas rangers. Made from braided leather with a metal clasp, sometimes inlaid with precious stones.
  • Cravat – Technically a neckband, not a tie. The father of the modern tie it was first seen worn in the 17th century by Croatian mercenaries. It cab worn with many things; jackets, blazers, vests, even dressing gowns.

There you have it. Who knows what new types of tie will appear in the next 100 years!

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