When introduced similar striped ties in the around the beginning of the 20th century, they had their stripes run from the right shoulder to the left side, in part to distinguish them from British regimental striped neckties.

Before the ties were worn shorter than they are today; this was due, in part, to men wearing at the natural waist and also due to the popularity of waistcoats, where tie length is not important as long as the tips are concealed.