This is a guest post by Original Gent.
Knitted ties are back and here to stay. That’s the verdict from the Australian accessory brands that we deal with every day. Their growing popularity comes as no surprise, given their versatility and personality. Their textured look and straight cut finish are not only eye catching, but also make a great conversation starter in the office or social setting.
Younger gents may be surprised to learn that knitted ties have been around for decades. In fact Sean Connery, in his iconic role as 007, looked dapper on the screen rocking a knitted tie all the way back in the 1960’s.
Knitted ties were once exclusively associated with informal dress occasions, and were not considered an appropriate choice when wearing a suit in the workplace. However, knitted ties have since evolved into a versatile accessory that won’t look out of place at any occasion- including around the office. This fits in with an overall upward trend in knitted goods. Knitted cardigans, sweaters and even blazers have made their way more increasingly into wardrobes around the country in the past few years.
There are two popular styles of knitted ties; the standard ‘V’ point…
…or the bolder straight cut square finish.
Tying a knitted tie for the first time can be a little daunting. The good news is, the very first knot that we are all taught at a young age is also the most aesthetic. Due to the thickness of knitted ties, a Windsor or half-Windsor knot will usually appear too bulky for a knitted tie. However, the simple four-in-hand knot will look much more neat and tidy!
As with a traditional silk tie, the end of your knitted tie should touch the middle of your belt.
The best piece of advice for wearing a knitted tie is to keep things simple. Knitted ties already make a visual statement with their textured finish, so there’s no need to over- do it with accessories such as a tie clip. Tie clips may also damage the knitted tie material over time.
A simple crisp white shirt and knitted tie is an ideal combination. However, if you insist on an extra detail, incorporate a collar bar and pocket square for an extra sophisticated look.
You can also have a little bit of fun with your blazer or jacket. However, a simple solid coloured shirt will ensure that the knitted tie remains the focal point.
Love or hate them, knitted ties provide something a little bit different to your standard silk tie collection.
Tell us what you think! Are knitted ties just a passing trend or are they here to stay?
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