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3 piece suit, full windsor skinny tie?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jakesinclair, May 25, 2013.

  1. jakesinclair

    jakesinclair New Member

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    hi there, first post here...

    i've started wearing suits on a regular basis, and i really like wearing a skinny tie with a full windsor knot with my 3 piece grey wool suit. it's against all the rules, but as a professional musician and record producer, rules don't always apply... however, i don't want to look silly :) i dig it because it's kind of "mod", but the wide collar fits my slim face. the tie is just a cheap topman buy, but i'm about to go out and get some real ties, so i don't want to buy something i will regret!

    can you guys help me? here's a couple of quick low quality shots.












     
  2. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you are going to wear a skinny tie then at least don't wear it with a windsor. It's not just breaking rules; it looks terrible. You can break rules and look good (difficult). You can break rules and not look bad (less difficult). That falls short of both ideals. When your knot is wider than the widest part of your tie, you've got an issue.
     
  3. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    What's your question?
     
  4. jakesinclair

    jakesinclair New Member

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    i think claghorn helped out - the knot does look silly :) can i get away with a spread collar and a skinny tie? or is it goofy? i'm slim - 6 ft and 150 lbs... wider collar works with a slim face, slim tie works with a slim body, no?
     
  5. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think that's within the realms of acceptable rule breaking, especially given your job description.
     
  6. AlexE

    AlexE Senior member

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    Why don't you settle for a less extreme knot like a half-windsor...experiment a bit to get it into proportions. Or maybe go for a thin (say 8cm wide), but not super-skinny tie
     
  7. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    I think the suit looks great, but yes, Stick with a smaller knot and I would suggest a solid color shirt. Maybe try a Pratt knot if not fourinhand.
     
  8. jakesinclair

    jakesinclair New Member

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    great! thanks for the help
     
  9. ImTheGroom

    ImTheGroom Senior member

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    I'm not a fan, in particular, of the Windsor in a skinny tie. The windsor knot is wider than it is long, and as such is an horizontal look, whereas the whole point of a skinny tie is to elongate the look of the tie. So you're kind of working against the skinny tie's whole raison d'etre by tying it in a Windsor.

    I'm 5'7" and a 37" chest, and quite slim through my body, so I like skinny ties with the right shirt and jacket. I also, however, like a tie knot with a little more presence than a four in hand, and I also like one that uses more length, so I don't have an extra couple of miles of tail. So, on my skinny ties, I use a Prince Albert knot, which is essentially a four in hand that is wrapped around twice, rather than once. It gives the knot a little size, but still keeps it in a longer profile (portrait, not landscape, if you will) and so is more congruent with the styling of the tie itself. Hope that helps.
     

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