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The Origin of Bow Ties

The bow tie, like other wardrobe ideas, has its origins from military garb.

The Croatian army uniform in the 17th century included a strip of scarf to hold the shirt collars together.

French nobility adopted the look in the 18th century and named the tie a “cravat.” The bow tie evolved from function to style.

Around the turn of the 19th century, wealthy club members of the Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo, New York, added “black tie” to their attire for formal occasions.

Consider joining Family Britches “bow tie wearers club.” Charter members in Jeffrey Becker, Ed Brown and yours truly.

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