Originally, neckties were created to protect the neck from cold winds. They are now more often used as decorative items.
They are usually made from silk, cotton or polyester fabric and can be purchased in a variety of patterns. Some popular patterns include diagonal stripes (also known as "regimental or repp stripes") and polka dots.
Ties can be purchased in a wide range of colors, including shades of blue, red, white and black. They are a great way to add a pop of color to an outfit.
Another type of necktie is a floppy bow tie, which droops vertically rather than horizontally across the neck. These are typically found in women's uniform wear but may be available to men, as well.
A necktie comes in a variety of widths, from slim to standard. Standard ties measure approximately 57-inches to 58-inches long and are generally 3.5-inches to 4-inches wide.