As you can see from the above graphic, cravats have been around for a very long time and there’s historically a lot of ways that they can be tied. In modern times, of course, they’ve largely been superseded by the neck tie and usually it’s only at weddings that you find that the cravat makes an appearance. Of course this means that you might never have actually worn one before so here’s some helpful advice.
There are two main ways to tie a cravat these days – a day cravat which is described as the proper way to tie for an informal occasion (though it’s a little hard to imagine why you’d be wearing a cravat at all if the occasion was truly informal but there you go) and a wedding cravat. As the name suggests, this is the one you want to master for your wedding day. Sometimes you’ll see it referred to as a ‘Scrunchie Cravat’ which is just another name for the modern necktie way of tying it which as largely replaced the use of cravat pins.
There’s no neck size for a cravat – it’s a one size fits all type of situation
You can wear a cravat with a regular collared shirt or a wing collar – either works fine.
You tie a cravat exactly like you would a standard neck tie, so round the neck, loop it twice then put the long end up the back and through the loops at the front
The key to a a good looking of cravat is the level of ‘scrunchiness’ in the knot. That’s a personal preference as to whether you like quite a tight knot or a puffier one. The important thing is that the groom, best men and groomsmen all have the same style. In the case of disagreement about scrunchiness, the groom has the casting vote!