Thin Ties 101: How and When to Wear a Thin Tie – aka skinny tie / narrow tie)

Pursuing the subject of the suit that was the focus of the two previous blog posts, one of the most important elements in a suit is the tie. Though nothing more than a long piece of material, the tie is a primordial accessory when it comes to the creation of a sublime suit. By adorning the front of the dress-shirt and consequently being an undeniable center of attention for the entire look, this simple article is one of the most omnipresent pieces in menswear. Be it the colour, the material, the length or even the width, the classic tie has been reproduced into so many different and distinct forms that choosing a unique yet sharp model has become a rather arduous task.


Thankfully, one style that meets both aforementioned requirements is the thin tie. Otherwise known as the skinny or narrow tie, as its name indicates, the main characteristic of this tie is its understated width which is usually between a modest 2 and 3 inches. The main benefit of the thin tie is that it gives the wearer a truly individual sixties-era retro look that effectively differentiates one from the rather trite sea of indistinguishable ties that regrettably characterizes the present epoch. Accordingly, the distinctness of the thin tie gives the wearer the incomparable opportunity to establish a personal trademark that is both recognized and revered by all. Though wearing a thin tie doesn’t take much in terms of sartorial audacity, it certainly possesses many rewards that can be appreciated by everyone.

One of the other rewards that result in donning a thin tie is the accentuation of a slender frame that it can afford any body type. Consequently, the ideal manner of wearing a thin tie is to pair it with other pieces that place a greater emphasis on length rather than width. A great example of such a piece would be the thin-lapel blazer discussed in the last post. The juxtaposition of both a thin tie and a thin lapel exudes a subtly elegant air of modern sophistication. The unconventional uniqueness of both garments certainly counters the ubiquity of classic suits when used to complement slim-fitting suits.

On the subject of the most appropriate time to wear a thin tie, I would honestly say that this accessory can be worn for both formal casual occasions seeing as its slim proportions render it a more understated option than classic ties. As aforementioned, when it comes to more dressy attire, the thin tie should be worn with a well-tailored suit in order to emphasize a more svelte profile. It should also be tied in a tight fashion that reflects the formality of the occasion. On the other hand, for more casual situations, the thin tie can be paired with a simple button-up with either the sleeves rolled-up or under an effortlessly chic contemporary sports blazer. Accordingly, for a more laidback look, the thin tie can be knot in a loose manner that eschews excessive formality while embracing an easy-going nature.

By being a time-tested alternative to classic ties, the thin tie is one that enables all to profit from a sleeker silhouette that compromises neither style nor class.

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