A Story Of The Bow Ties

It is rather difficult to reconstruct the history of the bow tie. Men used to wear pieces of tissue around their necks to protect themselves from the cold or the friction associated with wearing armor. Previously, the bow tie was nothing more than a simple tie knot, but now it is considered to be a unisex fashion accessory used to complete a stylish outfit.

The majority of theories places the origin of the bow tie in the middle of the seventeenth century. During the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648), Croatian warriors were wearing pieces of fabric tied around the neck, the color of which varied according to the rank of the person. Touched by this symbol of elegance, the French notables were inspired by their fellows and adopted in their turn these colored scarves. This hypothesis is confirmed by the fact that these scarves were called «cravat", which is a corrupt French pronunciation of the word "Croate".

After some time, King Louis XVI ascended to the French throne, and the tie adorned with multicolored ribbons became a truly fashion accessory for men who abandoned jabot, the pleated collar worn throughout the sixteenth century. First in muslin or other light material, the tie then could be made of linen, cotton and lace.

In addition, some people attribute the paternity of the bow tie, a complex knot requiring long hours of preparation, to the famous dandy Beau Brummel.

However, it was not until the representation of Madame Butterfly by Puccini in 1904 that the term "bow tie" was really used, but once again its origins are uncertain. While some speak of a tribute to the short knot decorated with loops of the singer, others think that it is the success of this opera that led to renaming the little black tie that the listeners wore.

Finally, it is certainly in 1924 when the distinction between the tie and the bow tie was established. It was a famous New York tie maker, Jesse Langsdorf, who came up with the idea of cutting three strips of fabric on the bias and sewing them together.

Nowadays, the bow tie continues to evolve, acquiring new shapes. Nevertheless, it remains a classic thing, which is extremely popular among the designers who are trying to contribute to the history of fashion.


Winston Churchill — the admirer of bow tie

There are so many famous historical figures throughout the years who were really indifferent to the fashionable attributes, proving time after time that one should be stylish and not ordinary in the eyes of others. One of the shining examples of a great personality wearing a bow tie is the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Churchill was a big fan of elegant classic clothes and accessories. Every time, speaking in public, Churchill wore a bow tie. Without a doubt, this image of a stylish gentleman inspired confidence and a stately character in the eyes of the world community.


Style of the era

The period of the Second World War had a huge impact on the male style of that time. For many people Winston Churchill was an absolute role model in business etiquette and style, however, most people had neither the money nor the opportunity to even think about the fashion in these years. Therefore, Churchill was constantly proving with his businesslike appearance that it was not for nothing that he was chosen as the leader of the country.

Churchill rarely appeared in public without a bow tie, a hat in John Bull style and a business classic suit tailored by Turnbull & Asser, which is still popular in England. This image is fixed by photographers and journalists who had the honor of meeting with this great man.


Churchill bow tie

Churchill's favorite pattern was polka dot. Most often, it was a dark blue bow tie with white polka dot, sometimes a white handkerchief was folded into the breast pocket. The image of Churchill with a dark blue polka dot bow tie was so popular with people that they bought all available accessories with such a pattern in the stores.

Perhaps the most important thing that modern men can learn from the history of the Churchill tie is the confidence and staunchness that this accessory allowed to show to its owner. Many people who are not used to wearing bow tie, think that it will be difficult to create a stylish image. After all, picking a tie is much easier, isn’t it?

Nevertheless, it's worth taking a chance and starting to wear a bow tie with a simple pattern. Polka dot bow tie will fit just right. This pattern is suitable for both formal dress code, and for a  smart casual style. Do not be afraid to add a touch of style to your.outfit!