A Regency cravat is one of the many necktie styles worn by men of the aristocracy class in Great Britain during the early 1800s. You can tie a Mail Coach cravat so that it follows the Regency fashion of covering the entire neck for a look worn by stage coachmen and guards of the time period, or you can create a loose-fitting Napoleon-style Regency cravat for a less tailored look. Both styles exemplify the bohemian trend and can be worn under or on top of a jacket or blazer.
Things You'll Need
- Cloth or scarf
- Pin or brooch (optional)
Tying a Mail Coach Regency Cravat
Hold one end of the cloth with your right hand and one with your left so that the cloth is stretched out.
Find the midpoint of the cloth. Place the midpoint of the cloth on the front of your neck. Wrap the right side of the cloth around the back side of your neck so that the right end of the cloth comes out on the left side of your neck, draping over your collarbone.
Wrap the left side of the cloth around the back side of your neck so that the end comes out on the front right side. Continue crisscrossing your cloth, layering the cravat so that it covers your entire neck. Leave at least a foot of slack on the ends of the cloth for tying.
Bring the ends of the cloth to the front. Place the left piece of cloth over the right piece of cloth to create an “X.” Pull the end of the top layer of cloth through the hole made at the top of the “X.”
Tighten the knot at the top of your neck. Arrange the top layer of cloth so that it covers the bottom layer and hides the knot. Spread the top layer of cloth so that it lies flat against your chest.
Tying a Napoleon Regency Cravat
Stretch your cloth in front of you with one end in each hand to find the midpoint.
Put the midpoint of the cloth on the back of your neck. Bring the ends of the cloth to the front.
Cross the ends of the cloth around your neck so that they drape over your shoulder or chest in an "X."
Add a safety pin or brooch to the top of the ends to keep them in place or drape the top layer of cloth over the opposite shoulder.