Are you a skinny/narrow tie person or wide tie person?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by doughboysc, Apr 25, 2012.

Are you a skinny/narrow necktie person or wide necktie person?

  1. Skinny/Narrow (2"-3 1/2" wide) popular in the 1960s, 1980s, and 2010s-present

    41 vote(s)
    78.8%
  2. Wide (over 3 3/4" wide aka the Brits call it Kipper tie) popular in the 1970s, late 1990s, 2000s

    11 vote(s)
    21.2%
  1. doughboysc

    doughboysc Senior member

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    My new poll?
     


  2. mjjo

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    I prefer the skinny/narrow ties and you're seeing more of that again nowadays.
     


  3. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    A 3.5" tie hardly 'narrow', anything <3.75" and >3.25" is just above average and doesn't really fit into the 'narrow' or 'wide' categories.

    Though personally I do prefer ties narrower, as I am quite small myself, so I like them to be 2.75"-3".
     


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    I liked wider ties, but not too wide, I guess I like the standard brioni width, or maybe even steffano ricci width which is a little wider. Skinny ties scream hip and trendy to me. Hip and trendy = poorly dressed imo.
     
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    rick07 Well-Known Member

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    There's just a slight difference between a skinny and the regular ties. But I would still grab for the skinny tie.
     


  7. RingTail

    RingTail Senior member

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    IMO tie width needs to be similar to your lapel width and your lapel width needs to be determined by your chest/shoulder size.
    So in my case it's 3" - 3 1/4"
     


  8. Peter1

    Peter1 Senior member

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    Skinny, because I only wear ties when I go out -- to me a skinny (more like narrow) tie and coat with slender lapels is more "going out on the town" than a traditional width tie/lapel combo.

    For about 10 years I wore trad width ties from BB and Talbott almost exclusively to work. One day in the mid-90s, the big boss looked over her glasses at me in a meeting (I was almost certainly wearing charcoal wool slacks, a white OCBD and a Talbott repp tie -- hey, got to have a uniform --), and sniffed, "Oh, I see you dressed up today."

    That was the last time I wore a tie in that job. (I'm an editor). I wore ties to work again when I moved to NYC about a decade ago but stopped when I realized even the old guys had stopped wearing them.

    I know that sometime in my lifetime wider ties will be in fashion again. But I really hope not. I have a skinny neck and even when they were fashionable I didn't think it looked good.
     
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  9. Blasphima

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    Wide ties for me. They just seem more masculine than the narrow ones.
     


  10. Harrydog

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    You should have had skinny, medium, wide.

    There is a big difference between a 2" and a 3.5" tie. I'd go 3-3.5 but that doesn't really qualify as a skinny tie.
     


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    I agree with the below.

    I try to stick to ties between 3.25" and 3.75", which I consider the normal range. It doesn't make sense to have 3.5" ties in a separate category from 3.75" ties--they both fall into a classical tie width range.


     


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    Wide 3.75-4''
    Not "kipper" which were much wider
     


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    I'm a narrow tie person but I hate skinny ties, I'd wear wide ties before touching skinnies. what do I click?
     
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    I'm actually a fan of both... But still, if I had to pick one, it'd be skinny
     


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