How to Wear It

The Necktie

It's a look that can split opinion when done badly but when done well can add a touch of flair to an everyday look. Here's how to wear it without looking too much like Quentin Crisp. 

By definition, a necktie is a narrow strip of material worn around the neck and knotted at the throat.

Inspired by that Sixties-esque accessory which lies somewhere between a neckerchief and a narrow cravat, this spring the necktie should be worn within an open-neck shirt either as a thinner, warm weather addition (à la Jude Law) or as a thicker, fuller neck cosy (à la Edward Fox in The Day of the Jackal).

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It’s a look that harks back to the Steinkirk tie, first worn by 17th-century princes who, when going into battle, would wind their cravats round their necks in an unfussy fashion, not a million miles away from a Boy Scout’s woggle and neckerchief.

More recently, the necktie has made appearances within shirt collars and jumper necks at Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hermès and Gucci in a continental nod to the preppy trend. Wear yours in a bright shade against a soft, muted shirt. Here's how to tie it

Don’t think that if you improvise with a skinny tie no one will notice. Here are a few proper options:

1. Green cotton foulard, £195, by Hermès
2. Navy silk paisley square print scarf, £85, by Prada
3. Navy silk plain scarf, £20, by Marni for H&M

Photograph by Christina Stohn