British Ties – Classic and Preppy


The British adopted neckties from French fashion trends, according to history. Originally, neckties were white in color as it was a derivative of cravats which were mostly white. King Charles V first launched other colors in neckties to be worn on formal occasions, after which black ties were found to be fashionable and later on used widely.

Neckties evolved with fashion trends over decades and centuries, from cravats of the Croatians to French neck ties. The British originally pioneered in using striped neckties and it became a trend thereafter. The style originated in the 19th century to distinguish country club sports members through their club colors or ‘regiments’. Before neckties spread, club colors were shown in jackets, caps and later on, neckties. The colors of each country club, or association, served as base colors for regimental ties.

The fame of British ties grew more after the First World War. Soldiers coming home from war wanted to show their pride for fighting for their country and so used their specific division colors in personal ties. Most known were the British rifle brigades for their unique and sundry regimental ties.

British men considered wearing regimentals one was not given the right to as very inappropriate. However, Americans and a huge part of continental Europe chose their ties without such constraint, basing their choices solely on taste and style. Hence, with the increasing popularity and demand of regimental ties, weavers began creating more and more colors and combinations of colors to augment the regimental tie selection.

Regimental British ties are typically made of silk, but with increasing use of the Jacquard loom technique, which involves weaving of symbols and monograms into a tie itself, came an array of fabric combinations that mushroomed into popularity. The most popular so far is the Irish Poplin, which is a mix of wool and silk. Until this day, Irish Poplin is in high demand as a material for neckties.

A traditional British trend of regimental ties is best knotted in the traditional necktie knot. A Four-in-Hand knot is the always preferred by gentlemen who want to achieve a classic look. However, your choice of the knot to be used in your tie should match your preferred level of comfort, individuality and style, so you should try other options that will match you well.

No matter what the color combination is, and to what kind of shirts it would be matched with, British ties will always retain its popularity due to its classic and elegant style.


Source by Savs Foster

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