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During the Teens and most of the Twenties men’s neckwear came in such a varieties of colors, shapes and styles that I would call it the best era of men’s ties. They were on the thin side with pointed hems made of silk.

The bowtie was very popular for day wear with patterns of horizontal stripes, plaids, and polka dots in pinks, purples, grey’s and greens. Paisley was especially popular in the USA while stripes, checks, and diamond patterns reigned in Europe.

I recently saw them in new clothing stores so they are back in style once again. Worn as a simple wrap today, in the Twenties the large silk or rayon scarf was tied in a Windsor knot and then tucked under a pullover vest or sweater (also in style this year).

By the Thirties scarf ties and bow ties were out of style leaving only the silk necktie to reign.

Multiple colors of horizontal stripes, checks, large dots, pin dots and art deco motifs clashed with men’s shirts. Earthy greens, yellows, peach and blues were the predominant colors of the Thirties.

Shortly after WW2, men’s ties took a radical shift in style.

No longer confined by fabric rationing, men’s ties got wide- very wide- and short to ending above the belt line.

Men amassed huge collections of them and tie-swaps and tie-swapping clubs were popular.

Geometrics, curly lines, monograms and art deco style patterns were made in bright colors of blues, reds, golds and browns.

Animals, plants, flowers, birds, Western and tropical themes were everywhere (see image).

Hand-painted silk ties were often themed around the wearer’s hobbies and interests, like painting, fishing or hunting.

One American trend was the “Belly Warmer” tie, with a hula girl and palm trees painted on it.

Introduced as a joke, the belly warmer ties became trendy after actors like Bob Hope, Alan Ladd and Danny Kay were seen wearing them.

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