December 21, 2020

A tie that everyone needs

A man’s relationship with ties is often fraught. Few want to wear one, and most don’t need to, thanks to the Silicon Valley-ification of many workplaces. But men, we also know that we look our most polished and powerful with some silk knotted under a crisp shirt collar. One amendment: knit silk. It’s the white sneakers of tie fabrics. Goes with everything. The subtle sheen dresses up any collared shirt you pair it with; the woven fabric adds texture and subtle flair to otherwise meh outfits  navy suit and a white shirt.

You could stock your closet with three of silk knit ties and never want for any more neckwear, so long as the ties check three boxes: they’re solid in color, the weave isn’t too flat and dense, and they’re no wider than 2.5 inches. No one makes a better version than the megabrand that started with a man selling ties from a suitcase Ralph Lauren.A mediocre knit silk tie, usually made by machine, is too softer but too tightly woven it has no depth, no dimension.

A Purple Label tie is knit into the pattern on a table in Italy, of course, then shaped around a mold and sewn down the back by hand. It’s a little less soft, but infinitely more elegant.There’s nothing seasonal or situational about Ralph Lauren’s silk knit ties. They’re lightweight enough that you can wear one with your khaki cotton suit to a summer wedding and hardy enough to mate up with a hefty flannel sport coat come winter.The Ralph Lauren Purple Label knit ties we first fell in love with first come in a slim but not too skinny inch width, but they’re also available in a slightly meatier width.

Any guy can get in on the action at the right proportion for his shirt collar or suit.If you want to take the guesswork out of getting dressed in the morning, buy one tie each in black, navy, and gray. At least one of those will always pair up with any shirting color or pattern in existence and if they don’t, the ties aren’t the problem). Maybe mix in one more punchy tie for variety’s sake we’re digging light blue lately and enjoy all the space you saved donating your old, unworn ties.

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