First, it’s okay if you don’t know how to tie a tie. Having to wear a suit and tie for every day is no longer the norm. Most office dress codes now operate on a business casual level, so it’s no wonder if you’ve never learned the skill! However, knowing how to tie a tie is a useful skill, even if you’ll only do it once or twice a year. Plus, if you learn how to tie a tie, you’ll become an invaluable asset to your friends.
1. The Necktie’s History
If you’re like me, maybe you want to know a little about why we wear neckties. The modern necktie (thin fabric around the neck) that we know of today can be traced back to the Thirty Years’ War (1600s). From there, neckties evolved from use primarily by soldiers, to use by gentleman in the form of cravats and scarves in the early 1800s. When the Industrial Revolution hit, neckties evolved again to be thinner, lighter and easier to put on. In the 1900s, neckties evolved even more to suit the needs of quickly evolving men’s fashion.