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ties: what do you think is the best width for a tie?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by andykoctopus, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. andykoctopus

    andykoctopus Member

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    personally, I like my ties on the slimmer side. 2 3/4 inches, 2 7/8 or 3 inches seem to be the best in my opinion. I also like jackets to have slimmer lapels.
     
  2. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    2.75-3" for me, but this is because I am very skinny. A tie this width looks about the same on me as a 3.5" tie does on most people.
     
  3. raggedsweater

    raggedsweater Active Member

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    I'm a 38S in jacket size with a 15" neck... to give you a sense of how big I am... a wide tie doesn't work well on me. 3.25" - 3.5" are the range most of my ties. I don't like to go too narrow, though... I work in a relatively conservative environment.
     
  4. scurvyfreedman

    scurvyfreedman Senior member

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    I like 3.5." I find the trend toward skinnier ties, which I include 3" to be uncomfortable. I am not a big person. 5'6.5" 160lbs.

    I have one tie 3" that I never wear. I also have some 4" ties from Drakes that I wear frequently and find to be fine in terms of width.

    Yet, 3.5" are what I had my one Hober made, and I think it works best with my frame.
     
  5. CousinDonuts

    CousinDonuts Senior member

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    +1 to the proportion thing...if you are a really skinnny guy, a wide tie might look foolish, ditto for a ultra slim tie on a fat guy. Since you asked, I like the look of the 2.75-3.25" tie mysel. I wear a 39/40 jacket and am 6;1", 155. The trend is definitely towards slimmer, but my advice is to see what is asthetically pleasing to your eye and go with it.
     
  6. LeviMay

    LeviMay Senior member

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    Proportion, absolutely. At 6'4" and 265lbs, the current trend toward skinny (< 3") ties makes buying a bit tougher.

    That said, 3 1/2" to 3 3/4" look proper on me.
     
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  7. Gibonius

    Gibonius Senior member

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    ^what he said. I'm a solid 44R and 3.25" is pushing too skinny for me. I have a few that are ~4" and that's approaching too wide, depending on lapel width. 3.5 to 3.75" seems to be the sweet spot.
     
  8. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    Over time, I've realised that I like 3.25" best, though definitely not narrower than that. 3.5" is OK too, though not my ideal preference, but 3.75" looks too wide on me.
     
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    I have become more obsessed with taper than width recently. For a tie without much taper to it, 2.75" to 3.25" is my range with 3" being about the sweet spot. In a perfect world all my ties would be 3.25 to 3.5" at the widest point and taper to about 2.5" about 8 or 9 inches up from the tip. I have grown to really dislike ties that are the same width all the way down the blade, especially if they are over about 3" wide.
     
  11. uhurit

    uhurit Senior member

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    I like them wide and bold @ 4". Stefano Ricci is my idol.
     
  12. TheTukker

    TheTukker Senior member

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    This thread neads a poall.
     
  13. Cuttingboard

    Cuttingboard Senior member

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    3 1/2 is my favorite size.
     
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    I lol'd
     
  16. deveandepot1

    deveandepot1 Senior member

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    3.25" for Silk ties. 3" for Cotton, Wool, Cashmere, and Linen ties. 2.25" for knits in any fabric.
     
  17. TexasDan

    TexasDan Senior member

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    I prefer between 3.25 and 3.5 myself. I have tried narrower and wider and have not liked the results.
     

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