Why You Should Ditch Your Boring Silk Tie And Go Knitted

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Are there any rules to wearing a knitted silk tie?
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Hey, listen up people. I've had a question about ties this week. Yes, ties. I know I wrote about ties 3 weeks ago (specifically: why they are the new office rebellion) but, I figure, they’re important in a man’s life, especially if your life requires ties. 

You work in an office. Your daily dress code is formal. I get it. So let’s talk knitted ties. If you’re new to this concept, then your usual tie is going to feel pretty flat. Literally. Classic silk ties are smooth, slick and even, with no kinks or indentations. But – and I hesitate to say this – sometimes ever so slightly dull.

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Yet knitted ties? They are the rebellious younger brother of the tie world.  Maverick, unorthodox, spirited. Yes, I can see you’re coming round to the idea. A knitted silk tie is a thing of simple beauty. And tied in a simple four-in-hand knot – that’s the usual, basic, learn-it-at-school knot – with a traditional square tip (pointed is too fussy) will transform your ordinary, everyday work suit into an extraordinary thing.

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Ok, I’m exaggerating a little but I’m not the only one who’s a fan. Michael Hill, the MD of men’s luxury ties and accessories company Drakes, calls it ‘le cri de la soie’ – the cry of the silk – to describe the crunchy texture of the silk.

"In this format, a tie is transformed from a slippery length of cloth into a tie with incredible texture and versatility" he says.

"You don’t need fussy knots as the full knit texture makes it impossible to tie anything as cumbersome as a half or full Windsor. They travel well on business trips because they don’t crease, can be incredibly elegant in black or inky navy at a black tie event as well as having a transformative effect on a dress down jeans and blazer combination. Patterned types even work with casual button-down shirts and tweedy jackets."

My work colleague Teo van den Broeke – a man who enjoys looking sharp – likes knitted ties so much he doesn’t even own any classic flat alternatives.

And if you’re still not convinced, my husband was married in one. So now you know I’m definitely not lying.

drakes-london.com

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