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?