The earliest historical listing of neck ties is in Ancient Egypt.
The Egyptians tied a rectangular piece of cloth which hung down from their shoulders. This cloth became a very important piece of dress wear because it showed their social status.
Emperor Shi Huang Ti of the Qin dynasty is buried in China surrounded by statues. These statues bear a piece of cloth around their necks. Therefore making ties a huge symbol of strength.
Neck ties became popular in Europe around the 17th century with the Croatian soldiers.
Why did mens ties become popular? What’s special about tying a piece of cloth around your neck? This cloth was a vital fashion statement much as it is today.