Ties & bow ties

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When you first ven­ture into the work­force, dress­ing up is es­sen­tial to make a good im­pres­sion. This con­tin­ues as you as­cend the cor­po­rate lad­der un­til you reach the top spot, when dress­ing up is an op­tion and polo tees are no longer just for golf but go un­ques­tioned at work.

Neck­ties were first worn by Ro­man sol­diers as a form of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion for their group. The me­dieval equiv­a­lent of the repp ties at clubs, neck­ties be­came pop­u­lar in France, along with stocks, neck­cloths and cra­vats. It is es­sen­tially just some­thing to cover the decoration-bereft shirt. Where women had jew­ellery, men came up with ruf­fles and knots to clothe their necks. Bow ties ap­peared later, as an evo­lu­tion of the neck­tie.

Neck­ties tend to come in var­i­ous widths but, gen­er­ally speak­ing, slim­mer ties are in style to­day. They come in lined and un­lined ver­sions, the lat­ter be­ing the lux­u­ri­ous six or seven-fold-ties. Six-fold ties are per­fectly sym­met­ri­cal with an in­ter­lin­ing, while seven-fold ones are made in silk and to­tally un­lined. There are many knot styles, but you will find your­self us­ing no more than three on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

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