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Martin Freeman accessorizes with a geometric patterned cravat at The Paley for Media Center in NYC. (Dave Kotinsky/Getty)

If you thought our post on British celebs wearing kilts was sexy, then check out these gents decked out in cravats. The cravat, a type of men’s neckwear, became popular in England during the 17th century. The trend didn’t stop there: Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman has been seen out-and-about wearing modern day cravats on the red carpet. It’s not clear why this piece of clothing is so appealing. Perhaps it’s because it’s so tempting to take one off.

Check out 12 British actors rocking a cravat in character:

NORTH AND SOUTH
Richard Armitage knows how to wear a cravat, as seen in North & South. (BBC)
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Or, do we prefer him sans cravat? (BBC)
Colin Firth is all tied up as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. This is before the iconic pond scene. (BBC)
Colin Firth is all tied up as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. This is before the iconic wet shirt lake scene. (BBC)
Matthew Mcfadyen takes on the role of Mr. Darcy in the XX film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Who wore it better?
Matthew Mcfadyen takes on the role of Mr. Darcy in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Who wore it better? (Focus Features)
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Alan Rickman‘s cravat ties his layered look together in Sense and Sensibility. (Columbia Pictures)
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Homeland‘s Rupert Friend shows off his softer side in Young Victoria donning a cravat tied in a bow. (GK Films)
Damian Lewis,Cravat, Fosyte Saga
Even Damian Lewis‘ sour face can’t ruin a good cravat, as seen in The Forsyte Saga. (PBS)
Benedict Cumberbatch couples a cravat with ruffles in Amazing Grace. Daring. (XX)
Benedict Cumberbatch dares to couple a cravat with ruffles in Amazing Grace. (Roadside Attractions)
No need to speak, your cravat says it all. Here's James McAvoy in Becoming Jane. (UK Film Council)
No need to speak; your cravat says it all. Here’s James McAvoy in Becoming Jane. (UK Film Council)
Ben Whishaw is having a moment with his cravat, as John Keats in XX. (XX)
Ben Whishaw is having a moment with his cravat, as John Keats in Bright Star. (BBC Films)
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Why so glum, Jonny Lee Miller. You look so nice in your cravat in Emma. (BBC)
Tom Hiddleston and his checkered cravat are perfection in Cranford. (BBC)
Tom Hiddleston and his checkered cravat are perfection in Cranford. (BBC)
Doctor Who's Paul McGann wears a cravat, cravats are cool. (BBC)
Doctor Who‘s Paul McGann wears a cravat now, cravats are cool. (BBC)

Whose cravat would you like to untie?

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By Brigid Brown