The Top 5 Tie-wearing Women in Film or Television

The necktie is not just for men. Sure, it's classically associated with men's fashion, but women over the past century have found many ways to rock the tie. In fact, there are tons of examples of women wearing ties in film and television, and every one of them still looks just as feminine and classy as ever.

It's difficult to narrow down the list of beautiful women wearing a necktie in film or television to just a few, but here's a short list over the past five decades of some that truly stand out. Take a look at these tie-wearing gals and see for yourself how many different ways there are to work a necktie into your wardrobe.

“The Lucy Show” (1950s and 1960s)

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Lucille Ball will always be remembered for many reasons. She was a comedic icon, was the first woman town her own studio and has a long list of impressive credits and awards. On her earlier shows in the 1950s and 1960s she even wore a necktie, proving that fashion for women came in all shapes and sizes. As was the style of the time, she often wore the slim necktie, which creates a great line with nearly any outfit.

 

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"Annie Hall” (1970s)

You can't talk about women wearing a necktie without mentioning “Annie Hall” and Diane Keaton. No woman in the history of film has given the necktie more exposure than Keaton. Her bold fashion choices were the talk of critics and fashion journalists all over the world, and she set many trends that took the country by storm when the film was released in 1977. Perhaps the most interesting fact of all about Keaton's trend-setting – many of Annie's unique outfits came from Keaton's own closet.

“Splash” (1980s)

In the mid 1980s Daryl Hannah was one of the hottest women in film. A fact that is due, in large part, to her hilarious performance as a mermaid out of water in “Splash.” Maybe it's because she had been a mermaid all her life, or maybe she just never let gender roles dictate her fashion choices, but Hannah looked amazing in a tie several times during the beloved film. Even with the traditional necktie, Hannah was still just as beautiful as ever, proving that the tie is an accessory that works for everyone.

 

“Friends” (1990s)

Jennifer Aniston’s character Rachel worked in fashion for several of the 10 seasons of the popular show, even landing an amazing job at Ralph Lauren. In keeping with her eye for fashion, Rachel often wore a tie, and sometimes even without a suit or jacket. Check out season nine, episode 11 titled “The One Where Rachel Goes Back to Work.” In it, she looks stunning in a striped peasant blouse with a black tie that's innocently tucked into the shirt.

“How I Met Your Mother” (2000s – 2010s)

The long-running sitcom was no stranger to the suit and tie, most famously with Neil Patrick Harris' fond addiction to the specific style. However, even the gals of “How I Met Your Mother” got in on the action, looking incredibly well dressed and totally stylish in ties several times over the nine seasons. Perhaps the best example of this was the huge 100th episode special in which the entire cast donned suits and ties for a musical number titled “Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit.”

Happy Holidays!

Tis the season…to wear a tie! Check out Neckitecture's new promotional video that I posted on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/neckitecture/.

And if you live in Denver, my ties - including the funky up-cycled styles - are now being sold at two locations!

DenverMind Media (open Thurs through Saturday 11 - 7 through the holidays)

1430 W. 37th Avenue in Denver  http://www.denvermindmedia.com

and

Mago's Magic Shoppe, Oddities and Curios

3557 W 44th Ave in Denver, www.magomagicshop.com

I am honored to partner with these amazing small businesses. 

Happy Holidays!

Leave it to the Croate Poet...

Some early, very fashionable, cravats.

Some early, very fashionable, cravats.

So at Neckitecture, we’re sort of crazy about history. Ever wonder how the necktie came to be?

Here’s the lowdown:

Flash back to the mid 1600’s when scientific discoveries were being made all over Europe, baroque music topped the charts, and European men were first sporting small, knotted neckerchiefs. The earliest painting of someone sporting a cravat around his neck was a famous Croatian poet named Ivan Gundulic in 1622. You could say he sought the hot cravat.

Jump to 1646 France the young King Louis XIV wore a lace cravat, paving the way for a new fashion craze to take over Europe. Throughout the next few centuries, cravats, jabots, stocks and other similar neckwear were seen all over the world. Cravats could be found in every imaginable fabric, color and style. Ruffled collars, lace, ribbon, cotton, tassels and more were seen around the necks of men, regardless of status or class. The cravat was the must-have fashion accessory for men, eventually making its way to the United States, dominating men’s fashion in the 1800s. A look at portraits of the American presidents over time is a study in neckwear.

The language also began to transform at this time, and the term “tie” was first gaining steam, due to the fact that the cravat was tied around the neck.

The Industrial Revolution helped lead the way to the modern necktie.  Workers were seeking a fashion solution that would be much more comfortable and far less elaborate, especially as men worked on factory floors. However, it wasn’t until the 1920s that the modern tie was seen. New York tie maker Jesse Langsdorf first cut the pattern for the traditional 45-degree-angle you see on a tie today (along the bias of the fabric), which allowed the tie to drape elegantly along the body without twisting, even when tied in standard knots.

This tie also made the tie more comfortable by providing more give and elasticity when tied snugly (gulp) around the neck.

Over the next few decades, the tie itself began to find its own place in history. Thick ties, skinny ties, short ties and long ties all found their place in fashion over the years. The colors and patterns would change, as would the thickness and length of the tie, but the style itself has basically remained the same ever since Langsdorf first imagined it.

In other words, no morph from Langsdorf.

I'm So Excited, That I Just Can Tie It

In the immortal words of the Pointer Sisters, “I’m so excited.”
Why?
June is an exciting month for Neckitecture. First, this posting is our inaugural blog. Check back weekly for insights, jokes, fashion tips, celebrity gossip and maybe even a history lesson. Who knew neckties could be so tie-tilating?

(Warning: Neckwear makes for good puns.)

Second, the response to Neckitecture’s Centennial Collection of Colorado flag-inspired ties has been phenomenal. We’re even more excited to be launching Neckitecture’s new upcycled tie line called UpTide later this month.

The line will make its debut at ManCraftival Market on June 20, 2015 in Denver’s historic Baker neighborhood. It’s gonna be tie-riffic. In addition to the new designs, visit the Neckitecture booth to spin the wheel of tacky ties and win a prize. Or bring the kids – and for a small donation to help incredible homeless organizations Family Promise of Greater Denver and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless – they can decorate a tie for themselves or for Father’s Day. There might even be a dance break or two. So bring the fam and stop on by!

Oh, and help support ManCraftival by liking their Facebook page!

There are big things ahead for Neckitecture neckwear. And we’ll make you tied to the latest developments every step of the way.
So much so that you might just Jump*.

*Another Pointer Sisters reference.