Wear them in summer. Wear them in winter. Wear them with a suit. Wear them with a denim jacket and slim-cut cargo trousers.
These are the ever-changing rules of the knitted tie.
If you're wondering where to start , we've broken down everything you need to know:
- Get the width right.
- The ideal width for a knitted tie is 2.5 inches - slightly narrower than a regular business tie, which tends to come in at 3 inches.
- This is what allows it to be worn both formally and causally - just remember if you are wearing it with a suit, make sure your lapels are a similar width to your tie to keep your look in proportion at chest-level.
- Which knot should you use for a knitted tie?
- As a general rule, anything other than a basic basic four-in-hand knot (aka the one you used to tie your tie at school) will make the knot look bulky.
- If you want to get major Lagerfield points, let the back blade hang loose behind the front - it's going to give you that "I don't care what you think, cuz I look good" kinda look.
- What's the point?
- The flat, squared bottom is another thing that makes the knitted tie look a little less formal - which makes it versatile.
- Don't get us wrong, pointed ones are available, but these tapered ties are not as true to the no-frills image of the casual, knitted tie.
- You're trying out a new style, so don't try to fit it into the box you're used to.
- However, as with your traditional pointed tie, the blunt end of your neckwear should still hit the top of your waistband.
- Change your colours (and materials) with the season.
- The beauty of a knitted tie is that it can be worn at any time of the year - that said, there are plenty of ways to tweak your neckwear for the season.
- In the summer months go for lighter, brighter pastel colours such as sky blue, mint green or pink.
- Anchoring the rest of your outfit with darker tones if you're taking it to the office, however if you're wearing something more summery, such as a chino suit, a plain black tie works wonders with a white shirt in the sunshine.
- Also look out for silk ties in a more open weave.
- During the colder months, go for deeper, darker colours, such as burgundy, navy, grey and dark purple.
- Also keep an eye out for ties woven from materials like wool and cashmere that will give your get-up a more wintery vibe.
- Plain or patterned?
- If you're buying your first few knitted ties, we would strongly suggest that you stay with solid colours at the start.
- However, when you're ready to make a next level menswear move, spot patterns, horizontal lines and zig-zags are the most common patterns to choose from - however, keep these as simple as possible with two or three colours max contained within them.
Stick to these Sören Custom tie rules and you'll never go wrong.