Eric J Krupka wrote:
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The shape and design of colors
and patterns of the cravat changed and of course the military again
dictated this. Before the turn of the 20th century, realizing that
their soldiers were easy targets wearing bright red uniforms, the
British were outfitted with drab green uniforms. Each regiment decided
on their own, what tie to wear with a different stripe going across in
a pattern of colors and stripe width. With this need to be individual
the "Rep Stripe" necktie was born. Across the Atlantic American
soldiers followed suite, however the stripes go the other way. European
Rep Stripe vs. American Rep Stripe. The difference is the direction of
the stripe from the left shoulder crossing the heart or from the right
shoulder crossing the heart.
Or perhaps the original striped tie (the British, I assume),
had stripes that mimmicked (sp?) the bar dexter.
By reversing the stripes on American ties and mimmicking the
bar sinister, a fashion designer has proven a theory of mine:
fancy clothes are evil.
According to http://www.abcneckties.com/necktiehistory.html