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Tie width

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by eagleman, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. eagleman

    eagleman Well-Known Member

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    What is the proper tie width to purchase for business suits?
     
  2. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Well-Known Member

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    You can ask three people and get three different answers. Most will tell you 3.5" is the "traditional" length....it's what I use for most. Anything from 8-9cm is good in my opinion.
     
  3. mrballs

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    Really depends how your age, body shape, fashion consciousness as well as the industry and culture you are working in.

    The younger guys tend to go for slimmer ties, between 2-3". At the bank I work in, I seldom see the upper management (usually between 35-50 years old) wearing anything slimmer than 3". And depending on your torso shape, you could get away with wider/slimmer ties as well.
     
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  4. eagleman

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    Is a 4 inch considered too wide?
     
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    thesilentist Well-Known Member

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    Typically, I get my ties at 9cm/3.5"

    Read/heard a "rule" once that tie width should be roughly the same as your lapel width. Made a lot of sense to me, keeping things proportional.
     
  6. Claghorn

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    4 in will look very dated. Even 3.75 is pushing it, though it'll look fine if you are tall and broad.
     
  7. 1wb

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    BB reduced their standard tie width to 3.25 several years ago.
     
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    I'm slim so I wear 3 inch ties and 8cm in European makers (which I think is about 3.15). I would say 3.25 will never go out of style and you can give or take .25 if you're slim or on the larger side
     
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    2.5 to 3 inches depending on how broad of a lapel you are rocking. And also how high of a button stance your Blazer has.
     
  10. GusW

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    I wear 3.25. Anything much larger starts to look like the tie equivalent of Dad Jeans. Anything narrower looks like I'm trying too hard to be fashionable (with the exception of a silk knit tie at 2.5") . And at 3.25 it is equal or close to the width of my lapels. My shirt collars are also just large enough to reach the lapels. That makes them large enough to be in harmony with the tie and lapel width. The three look their best when working together.
     
  11. PhmVa

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    100% agreed.
     
  12. bolton87

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    3.4" - 3.6".
     
  13. White Lotus

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    How about this tie width? Is it too narrow?
     
  14. eagleman

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    Not too narrow.
     
  15. White Lotus

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    this is a 3.13 inch tie. Y'all think I can go for a 3.25 or 3.5?
     
  16. eagleman

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    Don't go any larger than 3.25
     
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  17. ThomGault

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    3.5 is easily still normal. But the important factor is the width of your jacket lapels. How wide are they?
     
  18. White Lotus

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    I have jackets with lapels from 3 to 3.5. I would think a 3.13 tie wouldn't make much of a difference with 3 or 3.5 inch lapels.
     
  19. White Lotus

    White Lotus Well-Known Member

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    Got it! Thanks!
     
  20. ThomGault

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    With 3.5" lapels, anything up to 3 5/8 wide ties would probably be in proper ratio. Wider than that, though, and it starts to be a fashion statement. Personally, I'd stay on the narrower side of 3.5, and your current tie is perfectly acceptable.
     
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