Once man began wearing clothes, it was only inevitable that his garb would come to mean more than just protection from the elements. Meet the regimental tie. A striped friend with a solid past.
Stop Seeing Red
Regimental ties originated in the late 1800s when Great Britain opted to cast the Red Coat uniforms worn by their military aside for something a bit more drab and a lot less likely to look like a target. As a means of sprucing up these new duds, GB adopted a new tradition of wearing striped neckwear. By using different color combinations and patterns, these ties signaled association by regiment, hence the name. The stripes always were always diagonally down from left to right, or from heart to sword. Both dandy and romantic, no?
We want one too
As is often the case, once the English started in on these striped ties, they naturally rose in popularity here in the United States. Not wanting to steal these popular color combinations outright, we instead opted to change the diagonal slant of the tie to right to left. It probably also helped keep a few American gents out of trouble when they traveled overseas and saddled up for a pint.
A Fall Essential
So, this fall stock up on a few. They’re simple, classic, and one of the best investments you can make in ties. You can wear them any time of year and always be appropriate. Sadly, you can’t say that about your McSorley’s t-shirt. Still a great shirt though.