Ties are always in style when it comes to professional business attire or formal wear for men. As the subculture scenes continue to rise, they have major influence on upcoming fashion trends. Popular with hipsters and urban subcultures alike, the skinny tie has seen a major style resurgence and has made a permanent major fashion comeback.
The skinny tie offers a more casual look than its regular-width counterpart. A traditional tie has a width ranging from 3.25 to 3.5 overall inches. A skinny tie measures in at 2.75 total inches, or less, in width. Due to the distinctly casual vibe, a skinny tie is bridging the gap between formal and casual in urban and hipster subcultures.
Hipster men will pair a skinny tie with a buffalo-check flannel shirt, fitted pinwale corduroy pants and brogue-style shoes. Urban men will wear a skinny tie with a classic dress shirt, dark denim jeans and a pair of athletic shoes. The skinny tie also creates a unique accessory for layering, and it is a great alternative to a necklace chain. Urban style masters may wear a collared shirt under an argyle sweater vest, and then throw on a skinny to be worn on top of the shirt and vest. A hipster may pair a polo shirt with a skinny tie, and then layer them both under a blazer. They may top off the look by wearing it with an unexpected pair of shorts and a pair of moccasins or boat shoes.
Thrift stores, yard sales and estate sales will sometimes have vintage men’s skinny ties. Many online retailers have a large collection of skinny ties to choose from. These online retailers will always carry a wide range of regular-width ties as well a ties for boys and clip-on skinny styles. Necktie Emporium, http://necktieemporium.com/skclonti.html, is an example of an online shop offering a vast selection of skinny ties in an assortment of lengths, colors and patterns to match any urban or hipster outfit.
The skinny tie has an unusual history. It has been around since 1920 in mainstream fashion, but it usually only resurfaces in popularity every 20 to 30 years. With the rise in subculture popularity and the fashion industry’s push towards showcasing self-expression through fashion as an art form, the skinny tie may have more staying power this time around and become a must-have accessory that every man needs in his wardrobe.
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