When choosing a tie there are a range of options available, and historically different ties were created for different uses, giving each tie its own bit of history and its own occasion to be worn.
At James Morton we have a whole range of custom made ties available and in this blog we take a look at some of the common types of tie from over the years.
1. Ascot Tie
The Ascot Tie dates to the 18th Century and is thought to have grown in popularity in the 19th Century. The term came about from the Royal Ascot Race, where gentlemen who attended wore a looser day tie as part of their morning attire. For this reason, the ascot is often known as a day cravat.
2. Bow Tie
Whilst bow ties date back to the 17th Century, the bow tie is still popular today, especially with formal-casual attire. That being said, bow ties are still commonly seen at formal events such as black tie and military events.
They now come in 3 distinct types: Self-tie, Pre-tied and Clip-on.
3. Bola/Bolo Tie
Most commonly referred to as the Bolo Tie and generally associated with Western areas of The United States. They are made from a piece of cord or leather and fixed together with an ornamental and decorative clasp/slide.
These ties are still worn today but aren’t so common as other ties such as the bow tie and the more traditional neck tie.
Cravats appear to be coming back in to fashion again, forming popularity in regions of London.
The type of tie comes from the style worn by the 17th Century military unit – the Croats. They are different to the neck tie in that they are larger and more prominent.
5. Kipper Tie
Kipper ties are like your regular neck tie, except they have some attributes that make them their own.
Kipper ties are extremely wide, often up to 5 inches and show off bright and showy designs.
They were fashionable in the 1940’s and could have got their name from the extreme width of them which make them not dissimilar to a kipper fish.
6. Neck Tie
This was previously referred to as a four-in-hand tie due to the knot used, but as more knots were invented and used more frequently this tie became the neck tie and is now the most common tie.
Neck ties can vary in width and length. They can be as wide as 5 inches, but they usually sit around the 3-inch mark. It is advised that you choose a wider tie if you have broader shoulders and a skinny tie for slimmer builds. This way the width of the tie compliments the wearer.
The length of a neck tie can be anywhere between 52 and 58 inches. The end of the tie should rest at the top of your trousers, meaning men with larger torsos should opt for a longer tie.
7. Sailors Neckerchief
The sailors tie is reported to have made its first appearance in the 16th Century. It was originally used to protect sailors’ necks from their stiff collared shirts. The ties are tied with a square not, which was introduced in 1817 so that all sailors in the Navy would tie their ties the same way.
The Sailors Neckerchiefs are also worn as part of Japanese School Uniforms and are worn for fashion in other areas of the world.
Scarves are light pieces of fabric, often silk, that are tied around the neck. Scarves are available for both men and women and can be worn both formally and casually.
They are commonly seen on air hostesses but are used for other job roles too.
At James Morton we have a wide variety of ties and accessories available to suit all requirements. We offer plain wholesale ties and bespoke ties, with a no obligation design service to help get the right tie for your business, club or school.
We have a range of styles available, plus a selection of materials and finishes. To discuss your needs please call us on: 08455196748 or contact us to get a quote.