Neckties are fashion accessories with a long history that goes back centuries. Through the years the styles have changed and evolved with new types of ties introduced into fashion lines. Neckwear was once intended to accessorize men’s apparel but it has branched out into fashions that women enjoy as well. Neckties come in a variety of styles, sizes, colors, and patterns to complement business, casual and dressy attire. If you’re a fan of fashion neckwear, here are fifteen different types of ties you can wear for your enjoyment and consideration.
15. The Four In Hand Necktie
Joe Button explains that the Four-In-Hand Necktie is the standard or classic style necktie that you see most often in a business setting. It’s a style that is also used to complement formal attire and casual dressy outfits. It goes well with a suit with or without a vest. It is also worn with a button-down shirt. The Four-In-Hand necktie is the standard tie that men learn to skillfully tie through a series of maneuvers that place the end of the tie at the perfect length with a knot that secures the two ends together. There are quite a few different knots you can tie to change the appearance of the classic Four-In-Hand necktie. It’s a staple for most men who wear dressy casual, business, and formal attire. The style is available in various colors, patterns, widths, and materials. It’s often used as a contrasting fashion accessory to tie elements of the clothing articles together.
14. The Skinny Necktie
The Skinny Necktie is a version of the four-in-hand in a thin width. This style became in vogue in the fashion world during the 1950s and ’60s. The style has come and gone over the past several decades but it’s never stayed away. It offers a retro look that works the best with jeans to create an edgy look that combines streetwear with a touch of class and dignity. It’s seen a lot in offices where the dress codes are established but offer some wiggle room for workers to express themselves. The skinny tie is a less formal way to dress up and look your best in casual situations and events.
13. The Seven-Fold Necktie
The Seven-Fold necktie is related to the four-in-hand style necktie. The difference is that each seven-fold is created from one square yard of silk fabric that is folded seven times. There is no lining necessary for the seven-fold because of its multiple layers of fabric that create ample thickness. It’s a popular tie style because it doesn’t take much effort to create a strong and attractive knot. The seven-fold tie is suitable for business casual and dressy business attire as well as formal dress. Seven-fold ties are made of silk fabric, so you can expect to pay a higher price compared to other types of neckties. They’re mostly reserved for special occasions.
12. The Bowtie
The Bowtie is a style of neckwear that has been popular for more than a century. This style is seen in old movies in genres ranging from the old west to Southern plantation themes. It was exceptionally popular in the southern states of the US. Bowties are suitable for everyday events to the most formal settings. They’re stylish and can be purchased in various sizes, materials, and thicknesses. The bowtie is a versatile fashion accessory that you can find in a clip-on style or the traditional style which means you have one more necktie to learn how to tie properly. You’re more likely to see the Bowtie style necktie in southern states or worn by men who prefer the styling and look of a southern gentleman. Some women’s fashions also call for a bowtie-style neck accessory.
11. The Cravat Necktie
Gentleman’s Gazette informs us that the Cravat is a type of necktie that has a long line of associated sub-types within the broader category. The cravat is a term that describes a cloth tied around the neck for accessorizing, which covers almost all neckwear imaginable, but it is also the name of a specific type of necktie. The cravat is a term that came from Croatia during the 1600s at the time of the Thirty Years’ War. French troops adopted the term Croate and it evolved from there. Soon the cravat style of necktie spread throughout Europe, made popular by the British English who first called the style of ascot, worn under the shirt collar a cravat. A cravat in modern times is a type of ascot that is less formal. Most cravats are made of silk and feature wide pointed ends.
10. The Stock Tie
The Stock tie is similar to a cravat or ascot. You can find stock ties in two types. The first is a shaped stock that is crafted from a long pre-sewn piece of fabric without folds. A slit in the center helps in tying and securing the tie in place. Folded stocks are similar to the shaped stock tie, but they are not stitched. Rather, they are folded lengthwise and pressed. The latter dates back to the year 1730 and serves as a forerunner of modern stocks and cravats. You will find that the most common use for stock ties is during British hunting events. They are a part of the official formal attire worn to participate in a hunt. The shaped stock tie is the more formal version with the folded version the less formal, often referred to as a “rat catcher.” Hunting stock ties are made of plain white fabric and held with stock pins that look like large safety pins, usually made of gold-tone metal.
9. The Simple String Tie
The simple string tie is also referred to as the bootlace tie in the United Kingdom. It’s also called a sheriff’s tie. This style of necktie is just as described. It is a simple tie made of a thick string that is looped into a bow instead of knotting it. The style became popular in Britain during the 1950s. The simple string tie is similar to a bolo and is often mistaken as such but the two styles are quite different.
8. The Bolo Tie
The bolo tie is a distinct fashion that is a trending style in southwestern American dress styles. It is also a popular choice for use with western wear or cowboy styles. The bolo tie is believed to originate in Arizona as the creation of a silversmith from Wickenburg, Arizona by the name of Vic Cederstaff. It started as a bat band and buckle that he removed from his hat and wore around his neck so it wouldn’t blow off his hat in windy weather. Cedarstaff liked the look of the fashion and added silver aglets to the ends of the band, and started calling it a bolo tie. The site was named after Argentine gauchos. The design for the bolo tie was patented in 1959 after its initial introduction in the 1940s. It’s a style that has been around ever since. Most bolo ties are made of leather strips, but you can find them in all types of fabric. Bolo ties have side clasps and are often adorned with silver, turquoise, and other embellishments. The bolo tie has become a classic in the world of western wear.
7. Plantation Tie
The plantation tie is another style that became popular in the southern states of the USA. It is also referred to as a southern colonel tie or a planter’s tie. It’s a simple article that consists of a loop of dark ribbon that is tied into a bow, much like a classic bow tie. It’s a stylish and semi-formal rendition of the bow tie.
6. Continental Tie
The Continental Tie is an alternative to the famed and formal Black Tie. This style of the necktie is a simple strip of black fabric that overlaps under the throat. It is held together by a snap button or a tie tack to meet the strips of fabric firmly secured over one another. Some people call the Continental tie a crossover because of the form that it assumes. Another name for the Continental tie is the bulldogger tie. It’s a style that is most commonly worn with English full-cut suits. The Continental tie was the most popular in the United States from the end of the 1950s through the 1960s when international travel was to the fore and men adopted the Continental aesthetic as a matter of trending stylishness. The Continental works the best with coats featuring narrow-trimmed lapels and those with slimmer and sleeker cuts. It followed the fashion trends without missing a beat and is still a popular choice today.
5. Apron Necktie
Thread Curve explains that the apron necktie is the most common of all styles on the market today. The Apron necktie is made from a piece of long cloth stitched to create two pointed ends. One end is sider and larger than the other. This is a versatile necktie style that can be manipulated in many different ways and fashioned in place with various styles of knots. It’s one of the most widely accepted tie styles in formal settings. It’s a type of tie that easily accommodates the Windsor and Half-Windsor knots. The styles became popular in the 1920s. The Persian or four-in-hand knots are others that are in vogue. You can find Apron neckties in various sizes, shapes, colors, and fabrics. The Apron is a tie that is worn with formal suits.
4. The Ascot Necktie
The Ascot necktie is often confused with the cravat style. There are similarities but also differences. The ascot tie is worn in a particular way in a layering scheme. An undershirt is put on first, with the ascot necktie added afterward. It covers much of the throat line below the chin with several knots tied Ascot ties may be held in place with a scarf pin. A dress shirt or overshirt is worn over the ascot with a decent amount of fabric showing through the neck and chest opening. Ascot ties are crafted of expensive material. They often feature bright and colorful designs. They’re classified as luxury men’s fashion accessories and not appropriate for the workplace or casual occasions.
3. The Sailor Necktie
The Sailor necktie is a scarf or handkerchief type fabric made of black silk. The material is folded diagonally and worn under a sailor’s collar. It may be tied in a sailor knot or pulled through a blouse strap. It is a tie that you see on actors in musicals featuring pirates or other types of sailors.
2. The Clip-on Tie
We would be remiss if we didn’t include the infamous clip-on tie to our list of tie styles you can wear. The clip-on tie comes in a choice of classic necktie styles or bowties. It’s a type of necktie that has been pretied and placed on a clip or a hook. It is a convenient style that requires no fuss or hassle with tying knots. It’s pre-made and ready to attach to the shirt via a clip or hook.
1. The Kipper Tie
The Kipper tie is a unique style that became a trending fashion during the 1940s. The Kipper tie features ample width on one end that tapers down to a thin end on the opposite side. The tie makes a bold visual statement with ornate patterns and loud colors. The original intent behind the design was to make a statement against the strictness and frugality of the government’s measures during World War II. Kipper ties became fashionable again during the 1960s and ’70s eras, then again during the ’90s when retro styles became a trend. They seem to reappear in force every few decades, so it’s time to watch for another resurgence.