2,000 Years of the Necktie: Sailing the Seven Seas

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Sailing the Seven Seas

by David Johnson
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Neckties Through the Ages

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In the 18th and 19th centuries, British sailors often wore white and blue uniforms, complete with a silk or cotton bandanna, or scarf, usually blue.

The sailor suit began to be worn in the mid 1800s as yachting became popular. This has had its greatest impact on clothing for women and children. The modern sailor's suit was introduced for boys around 1860 and became an instant success. Still worn today, the white and blue outfit also comes with a dress for girls.

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