Fall’s Newest Oldest Trend: The Paisley

Posted by in history of the necktie, necktie patterns, Style Tips

Here at Rootbizzle we’ve been reading your style preferences, your likes and dislikes, for quite some time now. In the hopes of finding you your best look our curation team pours over your questionnaires every month before picking a tie to fit your needs.

Here’s what we’ve learnt: everyone likes blue, most people like red, and stripes seem to be of common interest amongst business and skinny subscription holders.  What’s also caught our attention is just how controversial the paisley pattern seems to be. In light of this polarizing pattern, our style curators have shed some light on where the paisley comes from and how it’s used in tie designs.

A paisley motif looks similar to a teardrop. Its origins are Persian, and the kidney shaped design was used to decorate royal garments and court regalia in Iran from the years 1501-1736. In South and Central Asian countries this paisley continues to be popular and is often used in textiles for the general population, paintings, jewelry, curtains, carpets designs, and so on. The first half of the 17th century saw a rise in popularity of the paisley in the western world with imports from the East India Company. This eventually led to local European manufacturing of Paisley textiles during the 18th and 19th centuries, most notably from the regions of Renfrewshire, Scotland and Alsace, France.

With an upsurge in popularity during the 1960s-1970s, paisleys became associated with psychedelic styles fashionable at the time. The Beatles wore often wore shirts printed with paisley motifs and Fender guitars released a pink guitar with paisley wallpaper adhered to the guitars’ bodies.

As far as our stylists are concerned, the paisley never went out of fashion. It is a classic motif that has stood the test of time and become appropriated into many of fashion’s cyclical trends. There are many ways of wearing a paisley design, but Rootbizzle’s curation team has come up with three of our favorite ways to wear this classic:

 

  1. The Classic all over Paisley Design
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  1. Small Paisley Neat Designs

 

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  1. Tonal Paisley Patterns
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What do you think of this polarizing style?