It’s a constant companion of the suit, and can sometimes be overlooked. Let’s begin with a brief history of the tie as we know it today.
A piece of material, hung from the shoulders and below the chin, was very important in ancient Egypt as it would show off a person’s social status.
Men in Rome, during the Roman Empire, wore neckwear that very much resembles the modern day tie.
In China, the statues surrounding the grave of Emperors all have a piece of cloth around their necks.
Croatian soldiers wore what we would call today a cravat , and when Louis XIV of France saw this, neckties became a common sight at the royal court. In fact, the word "necktie" originates from the French word "cravatte" which in turn comes from the Croatian word "croatta".
There is a lot of opposition to the necktie. Some say it is outdated and some people even point out that the rule of garments should be "form follows function" and that the necktie serves no known function in the modern world. One famous blogger stated that they were ‘pointless and uncomfortable, despised by all but the most inveterate masochists.’ That is the opinion of the minority.
So next time you put on your tie, think about the fact that you’re donning an accessory that’s older than the suit you have on, by thousands of years.
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