Untie the skinny. It’s time to let go. We have been force-fed the skinny tie trend by disposable fashion brands for the past half-decade, because like most fashion trends, the skinny tie was just due for a return. Right now the H&Ms, Topmans and Zaras of the world are pushing the monochrome urban-hip-hop-chic look, and for women, the free-spirit hippie styles are rolling into Forever21 like we’ve time-warped to the 70s.
I’m not claiming I wasn’t swept into the stream of the skinny tie trend, but it has taken me a little while to recognise that it’s time to pull myself out.
Mens fashion trends move fairly slowly, but what never changes is the timeless quality of classic mens styles.
The colour palette is simple – blues, browns, and the spectrum from black to white. Tailored suiting, button-up shirts, true denim jeans, print-free tees, well fitting shorts, and regular-width ties.
What really makes a suit is the fit. Whether your suit jacket has wider lapels or narrower ones, it’s important to compliment that width with your tie. A great display of this relationship is demonstrated in Italian styling. Pitti Uomo, the famously stylish annual menswear trade fair, has rolled around for another year, and there are plenty of examples to be seen of the effortless class of Italian styling.
The way you wear a tie is important too. Don’t feel like it has to be tied in a perfectly symmetrical windsor knot, and push right up against your closed top button. A slightly loose four-in-hand knot looks great with an appropriately width-matched tie, complimenting a lightweight linen suit. You could also experiment with forcing a dimple in the die just below the knot, or using a tie bar to peg the tie slight upward, with a little slack between the knot and the bar.
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Featured images by The Trend Spotter and GQ.