History: By Ezine Articles
“The bow tie dates back to the 17th century. During the 30 Years War, Croatian mercenaries went to France to show their support to King Louis. In order to keep their shirts closed, (apparently they didn't have many buttons), they wrapped a loosely fit tie around their necks.
The early form of today's men's tie served two purposes: (1) To keep the top of their uniforms closed, and (2) to protect the soldiers' necks from the cold wind and rain. Some historians still argue that besides having a solely practical purpose, it was also inspired by fashion.
King Louis was impressed with how bravely the Croats were fighting on the side of his men. He found liking in their uniforms, in particular the tie. He liked this piece of clothing so much that he adopted it, and made it a required piece of fashion accessory for the upper class during formal functions. To honor the Croats, he gave the tie the name "La Cravat" a name still used today in France.”