Style Tips for Knitted Ties
Just a few weeks ago I wrote an article on “Ties for Fall/Winter 2012“, and the knitted wool tie was among the three featured must have styles. Knitted ties have gained a huge amount of popularity over the past few months. GQ and Esquire have both been featuring men wearing knitted ties on their cover, and by now most designer labels offer a few knit ties in their current collection. When worn correctly, they are excellent accessories – not just for the Fall and Winter, but also for the warmer months of the year. To keep you from committing major knit tie fashion Faux Pas, I wrote this Style Guide:
Finding the Right Size:
Typically knitted ties look best when slightly narrower in width (2 to 2.5 inches). Some designers do make wider knitted ties (about 3.25 inches) which are great for wearing double breasted suits, and jackets with wider peak lapels.
Knit Tie Colors
The color depends on the season. Darker, muted shades suit the colder months of the year while brighter, more vivid shades should be reserved for the warmer days in spring and summer. For the Winter in 2012/12 knitted ties in charcoal, maroon, and dark navy are great choices.
Solids and horizontal stripes are most popular. Personally I like the simplicity of the dark solid knits for the Winter. In my opinion the knitted fabric texture adds enough contrast as is. Another favorite of mine are knitted ties with small polka dots (see images below). Looking for something different? Then you may fancy knitted ties featuring a different colored tip.
Tying a Knitted Tie
To compliment the more casual looking fabric texture of the knitted tie, slightly asymmetric tie knots are best. The best (also the easiest knot) here is the so-called Four in Hand (see instructions above).
Some Matching Inspiration
A did a little bit of searching for examples of well matched knitted ties. Here are some of my favorites. For more inspiration, please check out this Board on Pinterest.
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