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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

You Don’t Have to Wear a Bowtie With That Tux

The necktie is a descendant from the early 1600 cravat worn by Croatian mercenaries in service for France. The cravat style of neckwear took off in France and Europe and has been transformed through the years. The Croatian's today celebrate the necktie history being tied to Croatia with an annual celebration in October and is also celebrated in other European and Asian cities. 

The terminology necktie came into existence in 1840 with a design look of a piece of fabric wrapped around the neck and hanging down. American fashion designer and the fashionable men of 1850 began wearing neckties redesigned. The main fabric for neckties included linen, silk rayon, wool and poplin in the 1940's and by the 50's neckties were designed in varying colors and an array of patterns. The 1960 look of neckties was being worn mainly as part of the office attire and in church on Sundays. 

Formal neckties have had a resurgence of late and are being worn at special occasions and events. It is part of the formal wear at weddings, black tie events, proms, banquets, corporate affairs, the Red Carpet and special holidays. Neckties chosen for those formal events can be customized in true elegance and lengths to match a formal outfit, like a tuxedo.


Modern formal neckties are widely worn as formal ties that include bolo styles, button covers and ascots. More like a regular tie, cravats, also known as formal neckties, are so smartly designed in striking colors and fabrics, that they are highly acceptable in place of bowties at formal events. Since they come in so many vivid colors, and can usually be found with matching vests, handkerchiefs and cummerbunds, many young men who are wearing formal clothes for the first time when attending their high school proms, pick a color for those accessories that coordinates with their date’s prom dress.  Certainly this has become “de rigueur” for wedding parties, with special colors for the groomsmen and best man that coordinate with the dresses of the bridesmaids and maid or matron of honor.


Formal wear, even in neckties, has become more flexible, even at black tie affairs. Individuality and being contemporary is the norm for modern formal necktie wear. Formal eveningwear still requires a tuxedo or a nice dark suit. The accompaniment and accessories include the traditional white shirt, dark socks and shoes, as well as a dark tie to complement the entire outfit. Modern formal ties are brightly colored with a matching handkerchief, but the tie must be of the highest quality. Silk, brocade, or metallic blends and fabrics are the modern acceptable look, highlighted with the right knot, preferably in the classic style.

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