Formal fashion has men wearing a variety of accessories and one of them is a tie. No need for a tie to be boring or ugly. They can be a way of expressing a personal interest, hobby, profession and even to be funny. It’s nice to see a dash of color on usually dark colored formal suits. Check out some of these fun and beautiful ties available online. Photo, Sovereign Beck Ties
The history of neckties dates back a mere hundred years or so, for they came into existence as the direct result of a war. In 1660, in celebration of its hard-fought victory over the Ottoman Empire , a crack regiment from Croatia (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire), visited Paris. There, the soldiers were presented as glorious heroes to Louis XIV, a monarch well known for his eye toward personal adornment. It so happened that the officers of this regiment were wearing brightly colored handkerchiefs fashioned of silk around their necks. These neck cloths, which probably descended from the Roman fascalia worn by orators to warm the vocal chords, struck the fancy of the king, and he soon made them an insignia of royalty as he created a regiment of Royal Cravattes. The word “cravat,” incidentally, is derived from the word “Croat.” From, HISTORY OF NECKWEAR by Alan Flusser”
Flight I love birds and this pattern has a great feeling of the freedom of flight and the beauty of our feathered friends. Sovereign Beck has other great ties so check the rest of the site out. “The creation of longtime collaborators Ryan Sovereign and William Beck, since 2005 this fledging Brooklyn-based creator of silk ties has injected some fashion and style in the oft-staid accessory that is the neck-tie. coolhunting.com” Sovereign Beck Ties Price, $90.
Library Books Tie Like reading? How about a book themed tie? This would also be fun to give to a librarian, professors and teachers, vintage or modern bookseller, book club members, book lovers in general will get a smile when they see this. From Ricksties.com, Price $12
Pink and Lilac Ianthe Tie. 100% printed silk from Liberty of London. Gorgeous historic floral print. Remember warmer weather when its snowing, give as a gift to gardeners, flower lovers, and lovers of art and silk prints. Just a beautiful tie. This shop has a currency converter and will ship to the US. Check out their other Liberty Of London silk ties. Lovely! from Linksandties.co.uk Price £19.95″
Dr Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham for the person with a funny bone and a love for classic children’s literature. This is certain to get some smiles and admissions from a few people of how much they loved this book. In a recent episode of “Top Chef” one of the competitiors attempted to make Green Eggs and Ham! This book is a favorite to adults and kids alike so this whimsical tie may start some fun conversations. From Tieguys.com Price $17.50
Chain mail necktie This will certainly be the most unusual tie in the room. Maybe for a history buff into the days of knights of the roundtable, or a sculptor who works in metals, industrial designers, metal workers, electricians and welders, anyone who appreciates something different that can imply a whole range of things, thoughts and interests. From Sblades.com, Price $35.00.