The Evolution Of The Necktie…   An Elaborate History 

Miss Back In The Day USA (An AmericaOnCoffee Blog)

When and why did men start wearing ties? What is the point of them?

The Guardian›notesandqueries›query

They are uncomfortable and they dangle in your soup.

Justin Rigden, Adelaide Australia

  • Anthropologists would argue that the tie directs a viewer’s attention downwards to the wearer’s genitals (hence the arrow-like shape). A kind of displaced cod-piece.

    Elster, London

  • But they are men’s chance to have a little color with dark suits and white shirts.

    Freda Sedgwick, California USA

  • I’ve heard it argued (predictably enough, given that it’s a men-only item of clothing we’re talking about here) that it’s some kind of male virility thing. Apart from the somewhat phallic shape (if you stretch the imagination a little), a tie also forms a neat arrow – often in a bright colour that contrasts vividly with the typical dark suit / pale shirt combo – pointing directly at a man’s genital area. Quite apart…

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