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Who invented the necktie?

The necktie that we know today is a descendant of the cravat.  No individual person can be credited for its invention. The cravat's popularity began in 1660 when a group of soldiers from Croatia (now part of Yugoslavia) came to Paris to join in a parade. The Croatian soldiers wore brightly colored neckerchiefs which the French liked so much. Soon, the French began wearing them too and other European countries followed suit. The colorful neckerchief were called cravat, which comes from a French word for "Croatian."

As time passed and fashion changed, so did the cravat until it became the streamlined neck wear of cloth that we call neckties today.


At present, neckties are worn as part of men's regular office attire or formal wear. They are also worn as part of a uniform (e.g. military, school and waitstaff), whereas some choose to wear them as everyday clothing attire. Neckties are traditionally worn with the top shirt button fastened, and the tie knot resting comfortably between the collar points. However, it has become common in recent times for neckties to be worn as a casual item, tied loosely around the neck, nearly always with one or several buttons unfastened.

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