is the first serious step in life. –Oscar Wilde
Ties are sometimes, a necessary accessory. But it often depends on the occasion. What if you want to indulge a tie but find you may have some that could be deemed too formal? Introducing the knit tie.
The knit tie history is rooted in the American “Ivy League” style dating back to the 1950’s. The flexibility of this neck wear is something to behold. Knit ties usually have a squared bottom unlike the standard tie. In addition, some knit ties have the pointed bottom too but this is synonymous with the Grenadine tie. Grenadine ties can be confused as knit ties but the difference is the weave is much finer. They come in cashmere, cotton, linen, silk, wool, as well as different blends. Knit ties are four seasons. There is a subtle difference to keep in mind, the width of knit ties will be smaller and these are most appropriate for the Spring and Summer months. There are wider width creations and these are best suited for the Autumn and Winter months. The same rules apply concerning collar width of the dress/casual shirt and lapel width of the blazer, sport coat or suit. This goes without saying but I will address it, you must remember to be color appropriate for the respective season. There are a variety of styles as seen in the featured picture above. Keep your color palette in mind when looking to purchase them. Because of the material, a Four-In-Hand knot should be used. As with all men’s fashion, the price ranges are up and down the knit tie spectrum. They can be purchased as high as $499.99 on Ebay to as low as a .99 from Shenzhen, China also on Ebay. I purchased all of my knit ties through Ebay ranging from $4.99 to $20. Some second-hand and most new. My Hackett London tie silk knit tie was my major scoreboard. I bought it for $20, second-hand. Their knit ties brand new price as high as $140. The tie is flawless and I’m the one who benefits!
If you have doubts about wearing a knit tie or what to combine them with, run a Google images search or open a Pinterest account. Be prepared to be optically overloaded with endless possibilities of dapperism. Because this is what you want!
The focal point of Poor, Broke And Handsome is to assist you in your search for clothing that will stretch your dollar and not your stress levels. As with anything in life, what I present to the reader is not gospel. It’s a packing list, a guide, a map, a template, etc. Also, it is my humble opinion. It is entirely up to you to put in the research so you can reach your apex of what you are looking for fashion-wise. Jal ga!
*Supplemental picture, left: Jacket by Merona, shirt by Alfani, knit tie by Club Room, pocket square by The SquarExtraordinaire, watch by Timex
*Supplemental picture, right: Shirt by Arrow, knit tie by Dowling Brothers, pocket square by Tome Ford, jeans by Uniqlo, shoes by Sebago