When it comes to wearing ties, things can feel a bit stuffy. All too often, we see guys wearing standard silk ties that are either too wide, poorly designed or just plain boring. It’s important to realize that silk ties aren’t the only game in town. Knit ties are their cool cousins that can add a lot of texture and personality to otherwise flat looks.
Knitted ties have a rougher, matte texture and are about 2-2.5 inches wide. This makes them significantly slimmer than the everyday business tie, and because of this, they work in both business and casual scenarios.
Though it’s important to make sure your jacket lapel width matches the tie width if you’re wearing one to work.
In terms of knot, keep it simple with the four-in-hand. The knot is basic stuff but any other knot will just make the tie fabric look bulky. Remember, this tie is slimmer and the last thing you want to do is distract from that aesthetic.
With color, solids are generally the safe choice. The knitted look packs in a lot of style on its own. Busy patterns can distract from the texture and turn your overall look into a fumble. Instead, go for rich blues and greens as well as more versatile colors like black, gray and brown.
Knit ties tend to be popular during fall because the texture blends well with heavier fabrications. But feel free to wear them in summer too. They work especially well with chambray shirts.
The knit tie is far less common in menswear, but it’s an untapped resource for individuality and versatility.