The evolution of the neck tie came us a result of war. In the year 1660, a brigade from Croatia went to visit Paris. The regiments were given to Louis XIV who was a Monarch. At that time, the officers who belonged to that brigade wore very bright looking and colorful handkerchiefs around their necks. These handkerchiefs for the neck had come from the Romans and were worn by orators for warming their vocal cords. Soon it was made a sign of royalty as the king later made royal corvettes for the regiment.
Later, this style went to England and men started finding their dressing to be more and more decorative, where it had some cloth round the neck. The way these pieces of cloth were worn made it difficult for men to turn their heads without first turning their entire body! At times, they were worn so tight around the necks, they prevented the thrust of a sword. This was where the neck tie was gradually born, not limited to the use of scarves, turfs and even bows.
Soon enough the neck tie become a very essential component of men’s wardrobe and came to Europe. The 1960s saw a decline in neck ties resulting from the conflict between traditions and formal dressing. However, the 70s saw an upward trend in sales and more men were choosing to wear one.
Compared other men’s accessories, the neck tie has seen many dramatic changes. The 60s and 70s saw neck ties that were 5” in width and then there were the fat ones pushing the 3 ½” ties out of fashion. Most of the neck ties even today are made in a manner that they have lesser width overall but the place where you make the knot remains thicker than the rest of the body.
There should be a relationship between the collar of your shirt and the neck tie you are wearing. The collar should be in proportion with the size of the knot in terms of thickness. It shouldn’t be so large that the collar is lost; it shouldn’t be too small either so as to avoid the knot being almost invisible. The neck tie has definitely had a colorful past and it is still making history with all the fashion makeovers it gets every now and then!