There’s no hiding the fact that bow ties matter to us here at Peper Law Firm. Let’s look back at the history of this iconic dress wear staple to understand its origins and importance!
The bow tie can first be traced back to the Thirty Years’ War of the 17th century, where Croat mercenaries used a scarf around the neck to hold together the opening of their shirts. French soldiers brought the look home with them after the war, and the style was soon associated with the name cravat, coming from the French for “Croat.” It wasn’t until the beginning of the 19th century that the bow tie officially entered the fashion scene as its own style of necktie.
Once the bow tie became a more recognized addition to men’s fashion, different adaptations to the style came to be. In addition to formal or traditional wear, the bow tie was seen in street, runway, and celebrity fashion, showing the possibility for versatility.
Today, the bow tie is seen as a stand-out fashion piece in both men and women’s fashion across the world.