Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sticking Your Neck Out in the 18th Century

Fashionable neckwear sported by men in the late-18th century

SIR – I enjoyed the picture of the shoe heel from c.1785 and the accompanying letter on getting rid of high heels and pointless ties. May we now be shown how late 18th-century men kept their necks looking smart and tidy?

I am saddened by the fact that the hand-painted silk ties I have presented to my husband are no longer worn.

Jean Mitchell
Bexleyheath, Kent

SIR – A tie is uncomfortable only if the collar size is wrong. And as for pointless: choosing a tie to reflect one’s mood can brighten the morning and smooth the path to the office. Wear a tie at home to reduce heating bills: it increases body temperature by around 3 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mik Shaw
Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex