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The necktie: A brief, illustrated history

The necktie has enjoyed an unshakeable place in men's wardrobe even as so much else has changed

Neckties are one of the most ubiquitous accessories in a man’s wardrobe. Their exact utility has always been something of a puzzler. What can you possibly achieve with a piece of cloth hanging from your neck? And yet the tie instantly imparts gravitas. It is also often the only element of a wardrobe that allows a man to flourish some individuality. But why do we even wear neckties? Where does this strange sartorial tradition come from? And how has it enjoyed such an unshakeable place in our wardrobe even as so much else has changed? This is the illustrated history of the necktie.

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