2,000 Years of the Necktie: Women Tie the Knot, Too!
Women Tie the Knot, Too!
by David Johnson
Neckties Through the Ages
Although women have probably always adorned their necks, they did not wear neckties until the later 1800s.
Feminine versions of men's neckties began to appear along with the more tailored clothing women wore while bicycling, skating, hiking, or boating. A pioneer of the Rational Dress Movement, Englishwoman Amelia Bloomer, invented a pair of long, loose woman's pants, which bear her name.
Even more women began wearing ties, and trousers, during World War I, as millions of women headed to offices and factories to fill the vacancies created by men at war.