Current tie trends favor slim, or skinny ties. To date, there is universally agreed upon consensus on the widths of a slim or skinny tie, they are about 1.5 – 3 inches at their widest point, respectively. Although slim and skinny ties are in fashion, they are not for everyone, and in the world of high-end men’s fashion this is an important point to acknowledge. An even more important point to acknowledge is the reason why skinny and slim ties are currently in fashion.
The reason skinny and slim ties are so popular right now is because slim-fit and form-fitting suits are what’s in style right now. Yes, a tie has the ability to make or break an outfit, however, it is essentially an accessory meant to compliment your suit and shirt. This is where knowing why slim and skinny ties are in fashion comes into play.
Proportions, proportions, proportions
Proportions are all encompassing and take many factors into consideration. When it comes to formal menswear, its all about proportions, or in other words, the distances and lengths between certain aspects of your clothing. For example, when you wear a suit, you must pay attention to the length of the base of the blazer in relation to the reach of your arms, or even the distance between the blazer’s chest pocket and lower pockets. When these types of proportions, among others, are not met, you end up looking silly.
You already know that skinny and slim ties are in style because slim fit and European cut suits are all the rage. But how does this help you with anything? Well, the reason these two factors are correlated is because the maximum width of your tie should match the maximum width of your suit’s lapel! One of the hallmarks of a slim fit suit is a slimmer lapel. If you are shopping for a suit and it happens to have a large lapel, chances are that you are trying an older style suit. Of course there are exceptions, but new slim fit suits are usually cut with a maximum lapel width of about 3 inches.
*Such exceptions would include a double breasted suit (which must have a larger lapel) or a three-button suit, if you are into that.
If, for example, you were wearing a fitted double-breasted suit, you should not wear a skinny or slim tie because double-breasted suits are usually made with wider lapels, as previously mentioned. You can see in the image just above, a good example of how a suit’s lapel and tie’s maximum width should match.
** If you are not wearing a blazer, make sure your shirt collar is slim as opposed to wide.**
In the picture above, you can see how the tie’s maximum width matches the lapel’s maximum width.
Another aspect of formal menswear that falls into the proportions category is the size of the tie’s knot.
This is a really important one. Slim and skinny ties are not meant to have large or intricate knots such as a Double Windsor or Trinity. A bulky knot will make your skinny or slim tie look odd around your neck and will most likely affect the length of your tie as well. A simple knot, or four-in-hand, is perfect because the knot will be small enough to be proportional to the overall width of the tie. Keep in mind that when you are wearing a skinny or slim tie you are going for a look that is more modern and trendy, therefore an asymmetrical knot such as the four-in-hand will help complete the look. You can even try a double four-in-hand if you want something that will help make you stand out more. If you’re not a fan of the asymmetrical knot, try going for a half-windsor, although we really only recommend this if your tie is at least 3 inches wide.
A double four-in-hand knot on a skinny tie.
A simple knot tied on a skinny tie.
Body type and size are also a factor to take into consideration when wearing a slim or skinny tie. Skinny and like ties vary in width from brand to brand, but unfortunately, the bigger or heavier you are, the larger your tie should be. We’re not saying heftier men can’t wear slim or skinny ties, but if you fall into this category then the width of your tie is definitely something you should be paying attention to. A super skinny tie (under 1.5 inches wide) will tend to make a big guy look even bigger, the way a horizontally striped shirt would. Of course it depends on your size and these rules vary from person to person, but use your judgement and keep in mind that it’s all about proportions. A slim tie that is around 2.5 to 3 inches should be able to help you complete a more modern look.
We hope that this guide was helpful to you, and please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or let us know if you have any questions!
~The Vizoni Team~