Although often neglected in favor of the traditional standard tie, the knit tie characterized by its square end and awkwardly called by some: “tie sock”, was an accessory of all male dresses over the years guards base.
It remains today an indispensable and offers an interesting alternative.
Whether it is for a man, young or older, traditional or classic, this type of tie offers a timeless style and versatility thanks to this side “casual” and elegant at the same time.
The Origins Of The Knit Tie
The first models appeared in the early 1900s in the 1920s specifically, but became especially very trends from the 60s, as seen in these photos of celebrities:
- Sean Connery and Roger Moore in the James Bond:
- James Dean and Paul Newman with more relaxed:
- Harrison Ford and Jack Nicholson:
What material to choose?
Most of knit ties are made with silk, and this for several reasons:
- The silk has a nice shine, which makes the really nice looking tie.
- This type of fiber combined with this particular mesh makes the lovely knit tie to the touch, and offers a nice fallen through its unique consistency. If it is well maintained your tie will be a long way to your side.
You can also find ties in knitted wool or cashmere which are soft to the touch, you’ll wear preferably during the winter season. Their appearance also makes them a little more “casual” because of their absences of brilliance.
Silk for their models have the advantage of being able to be worn throughout the year and with most of the costumes.
While years silk and wool were the most common, material mixes have made their appearances, such as:
- linen and cotton mixed,
- mixed, flax and wool
- and flax and silk mixed.
So general, you can wear these different mixtures in the spring and summer, because they are less hot than to only wool and agree perfectly with jackets in linen or cotton, while the Silk will be preferred with costumes in wool. The material will be so well assorted.
Finally there is market ties knitted polyester. Although their prices are lower than for other tissues, the appearance of these has a made a little “cheap”, and they have the disadvantage of more sweat.
If it is possible for materials of natural origin.
How to Properly Wear?
Knitting with a suit tie has a less formal rendering compared to traditional ties.
She has the power to make a less strict classic outfit, and conversely it allows to add a touch of extra sophistication to a more casual look.
Thanks to its versatile side, knit tie is ideal if you want to go to an event where the dress code is not precisely defined, as in a marriage where you are prompted for example.
On the other hand, avoid if you pass a job interview, even if the tie knitting can quite agree with a formal outfit if it is classic and well worn, as in this image:
You choose then rather dark colors such as Black, Navy Blue, Burgundy, Brown, etc…
About the reason to choose more often between peas or scratches. More your tie lines of different colors, the more your outfit will be relaxed. Meanwhile peas are a good Spa between the United and striped pattern i:
Another thing to point out is the often close knit, tie width of a slim tie.
Indeed, these having a straight cut, the width will be the same over the entire length. Think to check this at the time of purchase. That being said, the majority will have a less than 7 cm size. It is rare to find very wide.
What tie knot to choose?
Because of its specific texture, we suggest you tie it to aid a simple tie knot.
Indeed because they are thicker than the classic ties, the simple knot will be your best ally, thanks to its asymmetrical side and ease of execution, it is perfect and you don’t have a too big and stocky node you would have gotten with the windsor knot for example, which is to be avoided.
How to store it?
There are 3 ways to store his knit tie:
- The method wrapped, which is as his name to wrap the tie knitting on itself as the picture below:
- Let it hang on a hanger.
- Fold in 4 and store it flat.
The 3 methods are equal. However if you doubt the quality of your tie, we recommend this:
Use either method 1 or 2 for 24 hours or so, then have the following method n ° 3.
This would relax the fiber to remove any folds, without too her relax (if you have a tie of average quality).
Be aware that a quality knit tie will not relax even if you let it hang. If you don’t want to take risks, have the flat and you’ll be fine.