Originally Posted by edmorel
I am not a cltohing historian so I can only talk about my experiences. Knit ties have been a part of mens wardrobe's in America for as long as I can remember. I've seen everyone from college professors wearing them with corduroy jackets to "Preppy" dressers wearing them with seersucker suits and tweeds to now the igent/Pitti Uomo dresser wearing them with everything. I may be more of an American (and Italy to a smaller extent) thing and maybe they are not as prevelant as you think, the internet, with the forums and blogs, many times make us think things are overdone when in reality, about 0.000000000001% of the population are actually doing what we think they are doing. I don't like the unbuttoned buttoned down collar shirts and would swear that "everyone" is doing it. The reality is that I have yet to come across one person in real life wearing their shirt like that and I could not tell you when was the last time I bumped into someone wearing a knit tie.
But Ed - you forgot to mention the silly fad of wearing a knit tie with a polo shirt that was popularized by the fashionistas in the '80s. And has had a limited comeback of late amongst the youngsters.
I do think the blogosphere/forumsphere definitely puts forth an extremely specialized point of view - not that this is a bad thing - it's rather the point is it not? However, we should not confuse it with what is actually out there in reality.
I wear grenadine ties to work during the week and even a knit tie on some casual Fridays. However, I believe I am probably the only person in the entire building who ever wears such a thing. I never see them either in my office nor in the lobbies/elevators of my building. Admitedly my particular building is home to the American branch of a large UK based investment firm. So I would expect a fairly conservative crowd.
I've certainly never seen a knit tie on anyone in India, the middle east or China either.
I bet if the truth be told most who work in corporate America would share similar observations. Not that knit ties are avant garde or revolutionary or anything such as that - they simply aren't part of the normal rig for most business men.