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"A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life." - Oscar Wilde.

"What does ties matter, Jeeves, at a time like this? There is no time, sir, at which ties do not matter." - P.G. Woodhouse.

The NECKTIE (or tie) is a long piece of cloth worn for decorative purposes around the neck or shoulders, resting under the shirt collar and knotted at the throat. Variants include the bow tie, ascot tie, bolo tie, and the clip-on tie. The modern necktie, ascot, and bow tie are descended from the cravat. Neck ties are generally unsized, but may be available in a longer size. Men and boys wear neckties as part of regular office attire or formal wear. Neckties can also be worn as part of a uniform (e.g. military, school and waitstaff).

The necktie traces back to the time of Thirty Years' War (1618–1648) when Croatian mercenaries from the Military Frontier in French service, wearing their traditional small, knotted neckerchiefs, aroused the interest of the Parisians. Due to the slight difference between the Croatian word for Croats, Hrvati, and the French word, Croates, the garment gained the name "Cravat". The new article of clothing started a fashion craze in Europe where both men and women wore pieces of fabric around their necks. In the late 17th century, the men wore lace cravats that took a large amount of time and effort to arrange. These cravats were often tied in place by cravat strings, arranged neatly and tied in a bow.

TYPES OF KNOTS: There are four main knots used to knot neckties. The simplest, the four-in-hand knot, may be the most common. The others (in order of difficulty) are: the Pratt knot (the Shelby knot), the half-Windsor knot, and the Windsor knot (also erroneously called the "double-Windsor"). The Windsor knot is the thickest knot of the four, since its tying has the most steps. (The Windsor knot is named after the Duke of Windsor, although he did not invent it. The Duke did favour a voluminous knot; however, he achieved this by having neckties specially made of thicker cloths.)

The BOW TIE is a type of men's necktie. It consists of a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar in a symmetrical manner such that the two opposite ends form loops. Ready-tied bow ties are available, in which the distinctive bow is sewn into shape and the band around the neck incorporates a clip. Some "clip-ons" dispense with the band altogether, instead clipping to the collar. The traditional bow tie, consisting of a strip of cloth which the wearer has to tie by hand, may be known as a "self-tie," "tie-to-tie," or "freestyle" bow tie to distinguish it from these.

An ASCOT TIE, or ascot, is a narrow neckband with wide pointed wings, traditionally made of pale grey patterned silk. This wide, formal tie is usually patterned, folded over, and fastened with a stickpin or tie tack. It is usually reserved for wear with morning dress for formal daytime weddings and worn with a cutaway morning coat and striped grey trousers.

A CUMMERBUND (sometimes spelled cumberbund) is a broad waist sash, usually pleated, which is often worn with single-breasted dinner jackets (or tuxedos). The cummerbund was first adopted by British military officers in colonial India as an alternative to a waistcoat, and later spread to civilian use. The modern use of the cummerbund is as a component of black tie.

A SHIRT STUD is a decorative fastener that fits onto a buttonhole on the front of a pleated shirt, or onto the starched bib of a stiff-front shirt. Such shirts have special buttonholes solely for shirt studs. A shirt stud may be fashioned from alloys, precious metals, and gemstones—materials uncommon to buttons sewn on shirts. The stud may have an inlay, such as of pearl or onyx. Dress code of the modern western world reserves shirt studs for men's formal wear and some semi-formal occasions. In the western world, shirt studs were first used in the mid-19th century, when some shirt fronts were too stiff to close with buttons. So remains the case for the heavily starched, modern full dress shirts worn with white tie.

A TIE CLIP (also tie slide, TIE BAR, or tie clasp) is a clothing accessory that is used to clip a tie to the underlying shirt front, preventing it from swinging and ensuring that the tie hangs straightly, resulting in a neat, uniform appearance. Tie clips are commonly made of metal and often have decorative patterns or embellishments. Some clips have a small badge indicating membership to a club or some other affiliation, or some other commemorative token, in a similar manner to the way in which ties themselves may be used as signs of membership. The use of tie clips gained prominence during the 1920s, during which period the use of straight ties made of delicate materials such as silk became more fashionable, and they largely came to replace the more traditional tie pin. In the United States, a tie clip is one of the few items of jewelry allowed to be worn by servicemen and women.

A TIE PIN (or tiepin, also known as a stick pin/stickpin) is a neckwear-controlling device, originally worn by wealthy English gentlemen to secure the folds of their cravats. Gold or silver safety pins were commonly used as tie and collar pins from the beginning of the 20th century (Woolworths used to stock cheaper bar type pins). A tie pin was used to fasten the tie to the shirt and was an integral part of a man / boy's uniform or clothing. In the 21st Century, other devices are now available to secure an unruly tie though a safety pin may be used as an unobtrusive 'underpin' to achieve the same degree of neatness.

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    Ascot Ties & Cravats
  • What's the difference between an Ascot and a Cravat?
  • Alternative ties for men - "11 Ties for the Bold: Ascots, Bolos, String Ties and other Alternative Ties for Men."
  • ASCOT TIE - narrow neckband with wide pointed wings, traditionally made of pale grey patterned silk.
  • Cravat - neckband, the forerunner of the modern tailored necktie and bow tie, originating from 17th-century Croatia.
  • How To Tie A Wedding Cravat Or Formal Ascot For Proper Traditional Morning Wear - Gentleman's Gazette.
  • How To Tie An Ascot & Cravat - Gentleman's Gazette.
  • The Cravat Comeback - Menswear Style.
  • What's the difference between an Ascot & a Cravat? - ABC Neckties.
  • Top 10+ Best Ascot Tie & Cravat Brands
  • Ascot ties at Amazon.com - as of May 20, 2021: 235 results.
  • Brooks Brothers Formal Cravat: US$150.
  • Brooks Brothers - founded in 1818. Ascot tie & cravat.
  • Budd Shirt Makers Medium Spot Foulard Cravat in Navy and White: £95.
  • Budd Shirt Makers - established 1910. "We have long stocked cravats, but it is fair to say that they are enjoying something of a revival of late. They are no longer relegated to Noel Coward-esque moments or To The Manor Born, but are a simple way to bring nuance to your outfit. Cravats can lighten the tone of a formal outfit, or elevate a casual one. A silk cravat feels wonderful against your skin and is easy to tie. Our cravats come in pure silk, in classic paisley and foulard prints.
  • Cleofe Finati cravat.
  • Cleofe Finati - Haute Couture 100% Made in Italy since 1992. Ascots.
  • Cravat Club Dustin Hand Printed Silk Day Cravat (Ascot Tie): £95.
  • Cravat Club London - since 2014. "Our luxury printed and woven silk cravats are masterfully handcrafted right here in England from the finest quality silk available. Our printed silk is made from a medium weight silk twill which is finished with a special technique to further soften the silk. Our woven silk is crafted from iridescent Grade A1 Mulberry silk, using high density warp counts and multi plys." Handcrafted in England. Day Cravats & Ascot Ties.
  • Cravat ties at Amazon.com - as of October 10, 2020: 538 results.
  • E.Marinella Silk handmade Ascot tie, double blade with micro-patterns: €150.
  • E. MARINELLA Napoli - Italian luxury Ascot ties since 1914.
  • Forzieri Micro Dots Print Silk Tie Ascot: US115.
  • Forzieri - since 1999. "Explore our Ascot ties collection at Forzieri.com, a designer selection from cravats to ascot ties and self tie cravat now available at the Men Accessories store online, brought to you by our Fashion Editors & Designer buying experts. Buy the best Ascot ties of the Fall/Winter 2020-2021 season in an authentic luxury shopping experience." Silk ascot ties.
  • Gentleman's Gazette Ascot in Madder Silk with Red, Orange, Navy and Light Blue Paisley - Fort Belvedere: US$160.
  • Gentleman's Gazette - since 2010. Ascots.
  • John Henric men's ascots Navy blue geometric ascot in 100% silk: US$39.
  • John Henric - since 2008. "The ascot tie can be said to be the predecessor to the tie or bow tie. The ascot developed from the cravat in the late 19th century, when the European gentry began wearing cravats more informally. Cravats and ascots are very similar, which can cause some confusion. To distinguish between them, you could say that the ascot tie is an untied cravat that you tie yourself. The cravat is more like a tie while the ascot’s knot is best likened to a half-finished tie knot. Tying an ascot like this is referred to as a creating a ‘day cravat’ that is normally under the shirt collars for both wedding and every-day occasions. At John Henric we prefer the ascot and have therefore chosen to only produce these, always in 100% silk and of course made in Italy. More recently, ascots have, along with silk scarves, experienced a surge in popularity, and even if the suit is its perfect match, you can also combine the ascot with a blazer or denim jacket. The ascot tie is also a good option for those who are bothered by tight collars and tie knots and want to embrace a more casual style."
  • Sterling Ascots Monte Carlo Sterling Ascot Tie: US$60.
  • Sterling Ascots - since 2014. "Shop all microfiber and silk ascots from Sterling Ascots."
  • T.M.Lewin Gold Paisley Cravat: £10.
  • T.M.LEWIN - established 1898. Jermyn Street, London, U.K. Cravats.
  • Turnbull & Asser Navy & White Small Spot Silk Ascot Tie: €195.
  • TURNBULL & ASSER - founded in 1885. "The broad silk Ascot tie is the pinnacle of casual elegance. Whether attending its namesake racing event or daytime weddings, our dotty designs add sartorial kudos." Made in England. 71 - 72 Jermyn Street, London, U.K.
  • Yves Saint Laurent ascot scarf in crepe de chine with fringed edges: US$195.
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT - since 1961. Ascot scarf.
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