The History of the Seven-Fold Tie

The History of the Seven-Fold Tie

The necktie in some form has and will continue to be the one vital accessory that completes your suit. As uncomfortable as you may find it, the modern-day tie provides a sense of formality while presenting you with the opportunity to add a little personality to your look. While the seven-fold tie is one variation of a necktie, there is a long history of the evolution of what we find many gentlemen wearing today.

In a fashion aspect, the history of the necktie began with the cravat. A cravat is a brightly adorned, silk handkerchief tied loosely around the neck. It was initially a symbol of royalty, but was eventually adopted by the wealthy elites around Europe and Great Britain. The silk and the type of elaborate knot later became a way to assert one’s status. Ultimately, there was a turn towards comfort and convenience and the necktie as we are more familiar with, as well as the modern bow tie and ascot, came into play.

The four-in-hand necktie is the earliest, most recognizable form of what we know. Originating in England, it was a long, rectangular piece of fabric with squared ends. It was then tied into what was termed the four-in-hand knot: a smaller, asymmetric knot at the base of the neck. This style gained popularity as comfortable, relaxed fashions replaced the more old-fashioned elaborate fabrics and knots.

Modern Day
The seven-fold tie as we know it today is a direct descendant of the four-in-hand necktie. Instead of using an interlining, an additional piece of cloth is sewn in for thickness. This type of tie is constructed from a single piece of silk with seven distinct folds. The folds not only provide the desired thickness and weight, but also a far superior drape. Originating in the late 19th century, the seven-fold tie quickly grew in popularity and has reigned among neckwear since.

For a polished, complete look, our go-to will always be the seven-fold tie. Of course, there are a plethora of options. Woven or cotton ties are for the more casual affair while the bow tie and the rare ascot can all be kept on hand as alternatives. However, the seven-fold silk tie will give you the clean and professional look you are striving for. In addition, don’t shy away from using this accessorizing opportunity to add some individuality to your look. We always condone the simple solid or subtle pattern, but a bright color or more eye catching pattern might be just what you are looking for.