With a sea of options available in the world of neckwear recently, it is easy to become lost. At The Suitor, we've seen many a client confused about how slim or wide their ties should be. For your own enlightenment, we've put together The Suitor Guide to Tie Widths.
What are the various widths of ties?
Skinny: A skinny tie is less than two and a quarter inches wide. The resulting look is something of a nouveau mod sixties vibe.
Slim: A slim tie falls between two and a quarter and three inches wide. This is where the majority of ties hitting the market right now fall.
Standard: The new standard width of ties is in the range of three to three and a quarter inches wide. A tie fitting this description grants a new elegance and updated style to conservative dress. The conservative standard tie width is three and a half inches. Choose such a tie if you're going for a starkly traditional look.
Wide: Anything wider than three and half inches is a fashion statement on par with a skinny tie.
Which tie width goes with which jacket?
The rule of thumb is that if you are wearing your tie with a suit or sports jacket, the tie its widest point should be the same width as the lapel. According to this logic, a slim fit suit with a skinny lapel should be worn with a skinny tie, and vice versa.
Which knot should I use with which tie width?
Skinny: A skinny tie demands a skinny knot - the four in hand lends it a casual, laissez-faire elegance.
Slim: A slim tie is best highlighted by a simple and classic knot - try a Half Windsor.
Standard: Standard width ties leave the most room for creativity in your knot. Feel free to experiment with anything from a classic Full Windsor to a fancy Trinity or Eldridge knot.
Wide: Keep it simple to avoid being overwhelming in a wide tie - stick to a Half or Full Windsor.
Time and again we are reminded that fashion and looking good is simply a matter of proportion. As long as the tie width and knot are proportional to your lapel, and the rest of your outfit as a whole. Employ these few tips and tricks and The Suitor will have you looking like a neckwear expert in no time!