Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321
Well, it was. But a reasonable argument could be made that 3.5" became the "classic" width some years back, when Brooks Brothers more or less adopted 3.5" as their standard necktie width.
Me? I'm a large man (not morbidly obese, I hasten to add, but built more like a football player than like PeeWee Herman) and look about equally good in a 3.75" tie as in a 3.5" one. I will go rather narrower if it's a knit tie, however.
In addition to compatibility of tie width with one's build, a tie's width should also be in general agreement with lapel width. But since I don't choose to wear narrow lapels, it's largely a non-issue for me.
I respect your opinion, but based on two things I respectfully disagree with you:
1) Except for very thin men most American businessmen when they have a choice order 3.75 inches - this statement is based on based on our daily order measurements and my observations. Men often write to me saying they are disappointed that they can't get the width that they want in stores.
Men from Asia and younger Americans concerned about fashion will often get narrower widths.
2) A man's size and personal preferences should decide the tie width, not the size of the lapels and in America men are normally getting larger not smaller.
Remember when you take your suit jacket off there are no lapels at as a reference point, and when you are wearing a suit you normally don't see the widest part of the tie. But the widest part of the tie still will reflect upon the size of your knot and large men typically don't like smaller knots.
However, we respect everyone's personal preferences and are happy to make any width.
If I recall correctly Brooks Brothers is owned by an Italian company and has changed a bit and become more fashion aware as opposed to the typical man who orders from us and visits this forum who wants classic style and measurements that fit their body.