Brief history of bow tie

Beginings of bow tie

In Western civilization, men started to decorate their outfit by adding pieces of fabric around their neck since seventeenth century. [1] Like always, details changed frequently over the time, but the idea to rib around the neck a tie or a bow tie to make the suit look more elegant stayed.


17th century men’s fashion
From Kindersley Dorling, Fashion The Ultimate Book of Costume and Style

At first it was called cravat.  Most likely it came from Croatian military uniform and were adapted in European outwear gradually evolved to the forms we’re familiar with. Variety of shapes and fabric was uncountable, how surprising this elements survived by now.

Bow tie rules

It’s important to remember, that true elegant will never make an appearance in bow tie that’s  pre-tied or so called ‘ready tied’. Those kind of accessories are considered kitsch especially wearing on a formal event is found as faux pas.[2]

Dandy from 1838

19th century men’s fashion, Dandy’s bow tie
From Kindersley Dorling, Fashion The Ultimate Book of Costume and Style

The bow tie is very characteristic accessory in men’s wardrobe. It can be identify with someone’s personality or with his profession: for example lawyers, architects or professors. A perfect bow tie should suit personality of its owner, size of the body and head and of course occasion.

Marlon Brando in a bow tie as Godfather

Marlon Brando in a bow tie as Godfather

Ryan Gosling formal look

Ryan Gosling wearing a bow tie
Image via Once Wed

Frankentie men’s accessories

We want to provide elegant accessories for men to make them feel chic and unique. That’s why Frankentie was born.  Being elegant, wearing men’s accessories as tie or bow tie is never out of style.


[1] Pendergast Sara & Tom, Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations and Footwear through the Ages,, p. 950

[2] Bow tie [in:] wikipedia []

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