The tradition of wearing a knotted piece of fabric around your neck began in the 17th century. During the Prussian wars the Croat mercenaries wore bow ties to hold together the opening of their shirts. This was adopted by the French who called the fabric bows ‘Cravats’ derived from the French word ‘Croat’. The style caught on and became widely popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Since this humble beginning, there have been many variations on the tie, cravat and bow tie. Over the years they have been synonymous with various professions. Professors, lawyers, waiters and politicians have all been associated with this fashion piece. Of course, as it is a distinctive part of formal attire, wedding attendees have often worn them. Still most often worn for formal occasions, the bow tie is slowly being accepted into popular culture as well. Whether you choose to be formal or informal with your tie or bow tie, you will be joining a long history of men and women at the forefront of fashion.
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