Men’s Ties UK – Classic and Preppy

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Published: 24th June 2010
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According to history, British ties were originally taken from French fashion trends. Neckties were initially white in color, in view of the fact that it was copied from cravats which are originally white, but King Charles V initiated the use of other colors in neckties to be worn during formal and special gatherings. Later on, black ties became popular and were used extensively and became the fashion.
As fashion trends evolved over decades and centuries, neckties evolved with it - from the Croatian cravats, to French neckties. Striped neckties became the fashion during the 19th century; British club sports members wear them because they distinguished their troop through the colors of their neckties. Before the popularity of neckties, club colors were displayed in jackets and caps.
British ties became widely known after the First World War when the soldiers coming home proudly showed off their specific division colors and so used their specific colors in their personal ties. The most popular were the British riffle brigades for their exceptional and varied regimental ties.
As the British men limited themselves in wearing only regimental ties, the Americans and the rest of continental Europe are more carefree and had chosen their ties based more often than not on their taste and style. Weavers then began producing more and more colors and combination of colors to enhance the selection from the regimental ones.
Typically, British regimental ties were made of silk, but due to the boost in the use of the Jacquard loom technique, which involves merging of symbols and monograms into the tie itself, a collection of fabric combinations raised into popularity. Irish Poplin, which is a combination of wool and silk is the most popular and is still in demand as material for neckties up to this day.
British regimental ties are best knotted in the conventional knot. To go for that classic look, most British gentlemen prefer the Four-in-Hand knot. Classic designs such as regimental ties and the traditional British club ties call for a smaller knot. Modern ties however are favored with a larger triangular looking tie knots. Other options can be tried to achieve the look favored and to compliment the level of comfort, uniqueness and style.
British ties will always preserve its popularity; regardless of the color combination, the traditional or modern styles, and the matching shirt, because of its classic and elegant style.

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