Etiquette Guide for Knit Ties
Knit ties are defined by their loosely woven, textured appearance, slightly springy feel and lack of lining. Most have flat ends, rather than the pointed tips on conventional ties, and they can be knitted from either wool or silk. The knitted tie is a fashionable, and usually underrated, wardrobe piece that will add a unique quality to your look while keeping things classic.
Knitted ties are usually worn with casual sport shirts, sport coats, and paired with chino or corduroy slacks. These ties have a relaxed, laid back look to them therefore, they can sometimes appear out of place if worn with formal wear. Even so, if you need a suite while traveling, this tie can be a great choice because they are very wrinkle resistant. When worn correctly, knitted ties are fashionable accessories. Here are the guidelines for wearing knitted ties.
To begin with, you need to find the right size. Usually knit ties that are narrower in width look best. In most cases you will want to it to be from 2 to 2.5 inches in width. However, a wider knitted tie, about 3.25 inches, is perfect for wearing with jackets that have wider peak lapels, and with double breasted suits. Consider also, the length of the tie. As they are less formal, knitted ties may be worn slightly shorter than other ties. Additionally, the back blade can be a little longer than the front blade to achieve a carefree look.
Be sure to choose the right color for the season. Darker, muted hues are best suited for the colder months of the year, whereas more vivid and brighter hues are perfect for spring and summer. For example, maroon, dark navy, and charcoal are excellent color choices for winter. Soft pastels are great for spring.
Horizontal stripes and solids are the most popular patterns for knitted ties. Small polka dot patterns are flattering as well. For bolder men who wish to try something a little different, and more daring, a knitted tie with a different colored tip might be just the thing.
The best knot for knit ties is the simple four-in-hand. The textured material ensures that any knot chosen will be noticeably bigger than on an ordinary silk tie. With this thought in mind, it is only reasonable to use the smallest kind of knot in order to prevent an unattractive overstuffed look. Additionally, the slightly asymmetrical shape of this knot complements the less formal nature of knitted ties.