In the early 1900s, men’s neckwear still consisted of a variety of complicated knots and styles which eventually gave way to the necktie, the bow tie and the ascot.
These styles remained until 1924 when New York tailor, Jesse Langsdorf invented and patented a method of cutting the fabric on the bias and constructing a 3 piece tie. This technique improved the elasticity of the fabric and helped it to keep it’s shape. This is still the method of garment construction in use for ties today.
Along with the modern tie, came a number of small etiquette’s which play their part in stylish dress.
Here’s my top 3 of the unspoken rules for those in the know:
1. The blade ends should ideally reach the top of the trouser waistband and should match up in length. Not as easy as it looks to the uninitiated.
2. A small dimple at the base of the knot shows a certain finesse.
3. Bow ties should never look perfectly tied. Ceaseless practice usually suffices to produce the precise look of subtle imperfection.
4. The proper length for a bow tie is achieved when the ends sit within the edges of the collar. (Okay. That’s four, but this is important)
(Extra points if you can name all four performers)