Why Knitted Ties are A Great Choice for You

Striking a balance between formality and fun.

Knitted ties have been around for decades, and have come and gone from fashion trends over the years. They’re a staple item of an ivy/preppy style wardrobe, and can be found in square ended or regular ended forms. They pair just as well with suits as with jacket/trouser outfits.

What they also are, is fun. Knitted ties are also a great starting point for someone who wants to wear a tie, but might feel out of place wearing a more classical number. They’re also great for a seasoned sartorialist who wants an added dash of texture.

The knit has a bit of an edge, a bit of character, and a hell of a lot of versatility.

Suiting all shapes and sizes:

I’ve found knits most common as slim or ties, with 6cm-6.5cm widths being fairly normal. If you’re a wearer of slim cuts and slimmer lapels, the slim blade width means you’ll keep true to that contemporary figure.

If you’re a wearer of wider lapels – which is often seen among the sartorial crowd as of late – you’re going to do well with knits too, because knits flourished during the times when extravagantly wide lapels were trending last as well. The knit is a style that has retained a following regardless of changing fashion trends in lapel sizing.

The versatility of the knit is such that you can use it for both contemporary and classic looks, which means a knit will go with just about any look that includes a tie.

Rich in texture, versatile with colours:

With the nature of knitted fabric, a wide range of patterns can be had; such as the bengal stripes or micro patterns seen in the photos above.

Solid colours really shine when knitted too, as the knit gives the tie a rich texture and creates visual interest. You can keep your colour palette relatively conservative, while still drawing attention.

They’re also a secret weapon:

Perhaps my favourite thing about a knitted tie is that it allows you to wear a black tie without looking like you don’t know what you’re doing.

Long bladed black ties – just like black suits – are often vilified by educators in the menswear space because they project that the wearer has little knowledge of how to dress. It’s often a fair criticism, as basic black is a really boring colour for suits and plain ties. It does have the negative effect that is so often talked about.

Enter the knitted tie, and that all changes.

While a basic black tie in smooth silk projects a mark of the uneducated, a knitted tie in black projects the mark of discerning choice.

All it takes is the texture. A black knit is a perfect choice when the requirement is a somewhat austere colour palette (such as attending a wedding, you don’t want to peacock and take attention away from the groom), or perhaps temperance of other parts of the outfit.

Conclusion: get one around your neck!

A knitted tie is a perfect addition to the wardrobe of men young and old. The knit has quickly become one of my favourite types of tie, thanks to its versatility. It’s a great way to inject a twist of fun into your outfit.

That’s all for today!

Do you have a favourite knitted tie?

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With content features ranging from occasional appearances on popular menswear hub social accounts (The Rake, Styleforum, Put This On) to French perfume newsletters and university course readings, Sam is an enthusiast, designer and writer in the fields of menswear and fragrance.

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