Your Type of Ties: Three Examples of the Different Tie Types

a silk cravat

Find out which type of tie suits your organisation’s style best.

When we attend special occasions, we’re often asked to dress up formally, like for weddings or high class parties. This means women put on their loveliest dresses or blouses and skirts, and men put on their best suits paired with their best ties.

Ties have always been what we can call ‘man’s best friend’ when it comes to completing their formal attire. However, these days’ ties have become more than just a neck accessory for men, because everyone can now wear a tie.

In addition, women have their own version of ties, and certain schools in the U.K. are even using ties as part of their students’ uniforms. Some corporations also make use of uniform corporate ties for their employees.

Ties are now more than just a symbol for men’s formal attire as they can also represent organisations like schools and corporations. There are also quite a number of different types of ties that each brings out different looks for the wearer.

Learning about these different types of ties can help us experiment with different looks until we find one that suits us best. It also allows us to have a variety of choices when we consider creating our own custom made ties for our organisations.

With that said, here are a few examples of these different types of ties and neck accessories:

  • Cravat. This is known to be the tie’s earliest form. Cravats were first discovered in 1660, when King Louis XIV saw Croatian mercenaries wearing brightly coloured silk handkerchiefs around their necks. The King liked the fashion so much that he started requiring all his noblemen to wear something similar. The word ‘cravat’ came from the French phrase à la croate, which loosely translates to ‘in the style of the Croats’. Of course, cravats these days are more than simple silk handkerchiefs.
  • Boot lace Ties. These are called Bolo/Bola Ties in America, and they are commonly seen in Western movies, which is where they were popularised. Boot Lace Ties are narrow cords made out of leather that secured and brought together at the front collar with a decorative clasp. These clasps are often made out of metal, and other pieces of metal are affixed at the end of the cords.
  • Four-in-Hand Tie. These are the most common ties we see almost every day, and they are often used for uniforms and special occasions. Four-in-Hand ties have the basic tie shape, which is narrow on one end and grows wide and pointed on the other. Several different types of fabrics can be used to create this tie, such as polyester, silk and cotton. These ties also come in an array of colours and patterns, depending on the taste of the wearer/s.

These three examples of ties can give us a general idea on what type might be best suited for ourselves or for our organisations. However, there are also other types of ties out there we might be more interested in, so let us look them up as well when we have the time!