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Topic: Tie (02/28/13)
TITLE: Hanging On
By darlene thompson
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Early Roman orators used the neckerchief to keep their vocal cords warm. About 1784 Beau Brummel, an authority on men's fashion in Regency England, became the first person to associate a neck cloth with individuality and self-expression. In 1840, the word "tie" replaced the word "cravat" on a mass scale.
Mass production and ready-made ties occurred in 1864 in Germany and the United States. As the tie changed, the Duke of Windsor began to use a wide triangular knot. Eventually, the tie grew wider with unique patterns in the 1940s. During the 1950s, the tie became slim and less colorful. The 70s whisked in the wide paisley tie. Since then, it has fluctuated with less width and many colors and patterns.
Neckties have become part of uniforms for both men and women. Many restaurants and hotels use uniforms for women with ties. Some women have used them as fashion statements.
Many businesses have found neckties as a risk of entanglement, infection and vasoconstriction. Some men feel uncomfortable wearing them. This may be a result of physical or social discomfort.
The 20th century brought more office workers and ties became a requirement. They were perceived as improving work attitude, morale, and increase in sales. Today, Casual Fridays mean employees get a break from the tie.
Fashions come and go but the tie hangs on as a symbol of a civilized society.
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