Why are neckties so popular? Louis XIV, king of France from 1643-1715, was the most popular person in Europe.
After seeing the cravats worn by Croatian mercenaries in the Thirty Years’ War, Louis wanted to get in on the trend. He began wearing cravats, and the rest of the French nobility quickly followed. The cravat started to become associated with class or wealth, and it eventually evolved into the necktie.
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