October 18: International Necktie Day

October 18 is International Necktie Day, or, for the more hoity-toity among us, the International Day of the Cravat.

This day is primarily celebrated in Croatia, the birthplace of the cravat, (check out the Academia Cravatica) but there are necktie celebrations worldwide on October 18. Nevertheless, my husband insists that he won’t be wearing a tie for it. In addition, I know that women do wear ties sometimes, but . . . I just can’t see myself doing it. Do you think it counts if I loop a scarf around my neck before heading outside?

If you’re feeling more adventurous than I am, here’s a great tutorial for several different knots and here is an article on picking the right tie from “The Art of Manliness.”


“Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.”

Proverbs 3:3


3 responses to “October 18: International Necktie Day

  1. I have read all these stories on the web about the origins of the cravat as a part of the military uniform of the Croatian soldiers. Not entirely true!!!
    As a Croatian myself, I know for a fact that it was a custom in Croatia when a man goes away from home for a prolonged period and sometimes on dangerous journeys, his sweetheart (i.e. girlfriend, wife,…) ties her scarf around his collar so that he has something to remind him of her. The important part is that the scarf was always tied on the outside of the collar and as such was purely decorative garment. Why on the outside? Because the men had their own dull and dark coloured scarves (what self-respecting man would put on a brightly couloured scarf – would be accused of being gay).
    So it is the Croatian women who inadvertently started this – not the Croatian soldiers who are just as dull, boring and fashion blind just like any other men around the world, especially soldiers. Point made!!!

    • Thanks! I hadn’t heard that before, but it makes a lot of sense. I wonder how many other men’s fashion trends have been started by women?

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