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Tied up in a post about John Thornton’s Cravat

I’ve decided to start clearing out, or expanding on, the draft posts that never seem to want to come into being.

First  off, for some time now I’ve been wondering about John Thornton’s cravat. This idea has been in my draft box so long, I need to see it gone 😉

Although many will point to the scene of Thornton untying his cravat as the most memorable in North & South, I though it would be worth investigating what was the big deal with a piece of cloth tied around a gentleman’s neck.

Apparently ties are phallic symbols.

For Thornton’s sake I really hope not, judging by the little bow tie…

For men, the Victorian period was marked by fashions that were formal, elegant, and somber.

This included both their work and leisure hours.

Clean, basic lines, dark colors and an attention to detail were integral elements of the Victorian man’s style of dress.

As cravats entered the Regency period, it became fashionable to wear two- a white one wrapped around the neck like a stock and a colored cravat wrapped on top and tied in a decorative manner (ala Mr Darcy).

The white cravat was replaced with a high stand linen collar in Victorian times.

I remember learning during my History of Costume lectures that the rough tips of the collar would scratch the poor man’s cheek, and they’d be frightfully uncomfortable to wear.

Poor Mr Thornton!

By the middle of the century, cravats could be tied in small, narrow bows, which later evolved into bow ties.

 The cravat was made of black or colored fabric.

The white or ecru cravat was always worn for formal occasions (this is why ‘white tie’ is dressier than ‘black tie’).

If you can somehow convince your SO to wear a Victorian cravat, here’s a guide on how to tie a floppy bow tie.

Also, be prepared that he may start questioning your relationship after he realises you’re trying to make him look like your favorite fictional character.

Me- I understand.

Your SO- probably not so much…

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15 responses »

  1. Dzięki wielkie Agzym!:)
    Może mój da się namówić na ten “cravat”….choć marne szanse;( bo założenia skórzanych spodni stanowczo odmówił;)
    no oczywiście my to musimy się nakombinować a taki jeden z drugim wyjdzie tylko spod prysznica i “taa-daam”!

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    • Święta prawda! Facet pomarze się dezodorantem, i już jest gotowy podbić świat. Oby tylko nie założył sandałów i skarpet, to jest OK!. Cała ta metroseksualna wrzawa spowodowała że mężczyżni nie przepadają za eksperymentami ubraniowymi, a szkoda. Każdy boi się że będzie wyglądał jak Jacyków albo Janiak. LOL!

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  2. JT usually takes my breath away with or without gravat, but when he takes it… oh, he changes completely and it’s hard to believe that the character can get more handsome, but yes, he can!!! 😀

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    • The intimate action of taking off his cravat and jacket at home is reflected in his face. It’s like he lets the troubles of the day appear, especially because his mother is the only person he feels he can be open with. I cam across a gif of him taking that sexy cravat off, but can’t find it now. A little thing filled with so much beauty!

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      • Yes, you right. He is always so serious and stiff in his formal clothes and gravat, but when he arrives home and also in the end of the story, he can be himself!!!

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        • I love the scenes between John and Mrs Thornton. They are very intimate (not in a disturbing way!), and I understand how their relationship evolved to the friendship and partnership we witness in N&S. Who else could he take his troubles to? It was always the two of them.

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  3. Richard Armitage himself said that John Thornton “dresses like an undertaker.”

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  4. Oh I just love this! You know, after watching North & South for the first time… I ended up dressing Like Thornton around the house. I was 13 years old. LOL.

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