Do you enjoy getting dressed up? Whether it’s for a wedding, a piano recital or a religious service, even kids have to get dressed up from time to time. Sometimes that means wearing a tie.

Some kids aren’t crazy about wearing ties. Some think they look too “grown up,” while others find the tightness around their necks uncomfortable. If you hope to be a businessperson one day, though, you may have to get used to the idea of wearing a tie everyday!

If you pay attention, you’ll notice that there are all sorts of different kinds of ties. Some are wide and some are thin. Some are long and some are just tiny little bowties. Ties also come in a wide variety of patterns and colors. Some ties you can just clip on to your shirt collar, while others have to be tied with fancy knots.

Different types of ties also have lots of different names. Here are a few examples of other names for different types of ties from around the world: neckties, ascots, bow ties, bolo ties, cravats and clip-on ties.

No one knows for sure who invented the tie, but historians believe they’ve been around for over 2,000 years. The ancient “Terracotta Warriors” of the Chinese Qin dynasty wore silk cords around their necks as symbols of their elite rank.

Most modern ties, which are usually 56 inches long and between 3.25-3.5 inches wide, are based upon a patent received in 1924 by tailor Jesse Langsdorf. His experience with clothing enabled him to create a tie pattern that was visually appealing and more durable than past ties had been.

Although some ties can be clipped on to your collar (kids tend to like these, since they’re simpler), most ties require you to tie them with one of various knots. Some examples of common types of tie knots are the Pratt, Four-in-Hand, Half-Windsor and Full Windsor.

It can take a while to learn how to tie these knots perfectly. With a little practice, though, it becomes much easier.

When you get dressed up in nice clothing with a tie, it’s easy to see why many people choose to wear them. Ties can make any outfit look super-sharp and snazzy! Although early ties may have had certain purposes, such as keeping a shirt tight at the neck to keep the throat warm during cold weather, ties today are mainly accessories that provide added color and pizzazz to your outfit.

And, in case you were wondering, yes, women can wear ties, too. Sometimes ties are part of a particular uniform, especially at restaurants and hotels, so you may see women wearing ties as part of a uniform they wear for work!

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    • Hello, Samuel! We sure do appreciate you trying your best to guess each next day’s Wonder! Thank you for visiting Wonderopolis today and leaving us your AWESOME comment! :-)

  1. No! :( I was wrong. Today’s wonder of the day is not about knots. However, I loved today’s wonder! :D I think tomorrow’s wonder of the day is about being underwater.


    • We think today’s Wonder has a LOT to do with knots, TJ! When people wear ties, they sometimes (if it’s not a slip on or clip on tie) use certain knots to help them fit and make them look WONDERfully stylish! Thanks for being such a GREAT Wonder Friend…we appreciate you! :-)

  2. You know, this takes me back to the time when I was in school in 2 grade, I buy a tie for my dad for Christmas. My dad loved it, I think he still has it, good times.

    • Those really do sound like good times, Carlos! We bet it was the best tie ever! Thank you for visiting us today and sharing a special story about you and your dad! Please tell him your friends in Wonderopolis wish him a very WONDERful Father’s Day! :-)

    • Thanks so much, Wonder Girl! That’s super nice of you to wish all the dads in Wonderopolis a happy Father’s Day! YOU ROCK! :-)

  3. HA, HA, this is A perfect wonder for father’s day! I liked today’s wonder like always!

    • We thought a Wonder about ties was fitting for today, also, Betsy! We sure learned a lot about all the different types of ties and how to tie them! :-)

  4. I think neckties will be mostly out of style in 25 years. I once read that Will Rogers said, “Any man who wears a noose around his own neck deserves to be hung.” :}

    • Hello, Nancy! Thanks so much for visiting Wonderopolis today and sharing your thoughts about neck ties! We appreciate your comment and hope you have a GREAT day! :-)

  5. I thought today’s wonder was interesting but the video was just mediocre. Hope tomorrow’s wonder has a better video.

    • Thanks for letting us know what you thought about the video for today’s Wonder, Matt! We appreciate your opinion and your comment! You’re a WONDERful Wonder Friend! :-)

    • We like that guess for tomorrow’s Wonder, Cole! We can’t wait to visit Wonderopolis in the morning to see if your guess is correct! We hope you have an AWESOME week! :-)

  6. Happy fathers day…. my dad wears ties one a week, but he is sick today… on FATHER’S DAY??
    Pretty crazy, huh?

    Thanks for the wonder :)

    Can’t wait for tomorrow

    • We’re super sorry your dad is ill on Father’s Day, Jocelyn. :-( We hope he feels better very soon! We wish him and ALL the Wonder dads out there a GREAT day! :-)

    • Hi there, Holly! We liked learning how to tie all those different types of ties, too! Thanks for sharing what you think the next Wonder will be about…YOU ROCK! :-)

  7. I learned a lot about ties today!! I am going on holiday tomorrow and I think I should wear a scarf tied as a tie. It is going to be so fun!
    It isn’t father’s day here but I wish everyone else’s father a GREAT DAY!!!

    I think that tomorrows Wonder will be goggles because you can see under water with them.

    • We hope you have a WONDERful time on holiday, Carmen! Thank you for sharing that you learned some fun new facts about ties by exploring this Wonder…we think that’s AWESOME! We also think it was really nice for you to wish other Father’s a great day today…you’ll have to let us know when special holidays happen in Australia, OK? We love learning new things and we think it’s so neat to have Wonder Friends all over the world! :-)

  8. Love, love, love seeing the tie make a comeback! The fourth-grade guys and girls in my class made presentations on a project for our class. As city planners each wanted to look his or her best in the recorded presentations. The sportcoat and tie (with UnderArmor) was the dapper finish on the project.

    • Thanks for sharing about your class project and the WONDERful way the guys and gals chose to dress themselves, Dondra! We think ties ROCK! We are practicing all the great knots and tie styles we discovered by exploring the links in this Wonder…it’s super FUN to learn new things! :-)

    • Thanks for letting us know what you would like to WONDER about by exploring the next Wonder of the Day®, Julia! Your are a GREAT Wonder Friend and we appreciate your comment! :-)

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Have you ever wondered…

  • Why do people wear ties?
  • Who invented the tie?
  • Can you tie a tie?

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Try It Out

Ready to learn how to tie some common knots used for ties? Ask a friend or family member for a tie that you can use to practice your knots. You might also want to get their help as you get started.

Whether you enjoy wearing ties or not, chances are that you’ll have to wear them from time to time. It’ll help if you already know some basic knots. Besides, tying knots is fun and can come in handy when you’re playing outside, too!

Here are a few basic tie knots you can learn to tie:

Which knots did you master? Do you have a favorite knot? Was it harder or easier to learn than you thought it would be?

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