Neck Tie and Bow Ties

Ties got their start as preferred neck wear thousands of years ago by Chinese and Roman soldiers. This was probably so soldiers could identify each other and enemies by the colors of their ties. Croatian mercenaries from the Croatian Military Frontier, wore small, knotted neckerchiefs during the time of the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648). The Croatians named their little ties "Croats or Hrvati". The French dubbed them "Croates", so the garment ultimately became known as a "cravat."

Cravats were held around the neck by cravat strings which were neatly tied in a bow. There are many types of neckties.

Types of Neckties

Depending upon the decade, ties have been called stocks, solitaires, neck cloths, cravats, scarves, bandanas, bow ties, scarf/neckerchief, bolo, zipper, ascots and lastly the long tie.

The bolo (or bola) is a western tie consisting of a piece of cord or braided leather that are fastened in place with a decorative clip.

The clip-on tie, a 20th-century innovation, is very useful and a safe substitute for wrap-around the neck ties. Law enforcement officers wear clip on ties to prevent scofflaws from getting the upper hand by potentially grabbing the long tie. The colors of ties sometimes have significance as well, such as to identify membership of a particular club or organization.