Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Skinny Ties?

Skinny ties have seen a resurgence recently. You've probably seen them a lot on TV, in magazines, and in movies. The narrow tie isn't new; guys were wearing them decades ago. As with anything, it's usually wise to avoid extremes, and ties are no exception. Some are so narrow that they won't go well with much. Narrower ties look great with a slimmer suit, which have clean, tapered lines, and lapels that are a bit more narrow than the average. On average, ties are around 3.5 inches wide (give or take a bit), and if you check suit lapels on the average suit, they'll be close to that measurement. The rule is, narrower lapels=narrower tie. If you have big lapels, you musn't wear a narrow tie, and vice versa. If you like the look of the narrower tie, just make sure you're not pairing it with a suit with wide lapels.