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!