The silk knit tie isn’t a new phenomenon. It’s adorned the necks of such mid-century icons as Sean Connery’s James Bond, The Beatles during their iconic arrival at JFK International, and the Rat Pack. Like many style trends, it’s gone through cycles of popularity over the years. In recent years, it’s exploded back onto the scene in a big way, and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.
The Beatles chose to wear matching silk knit ties to make an impression for their highly anticipated introduction to the US
Generally speaking, a knit tie – with its richer texture, squared bottom, and slimmer profile – is a slightly more casual option than most smooth silk styles, but it can hold its own in almost any situation. Though many people incorporate a knit tie into their wardrobe for a vintage look, there are a wide variety of colors and patterns that make the modern iteration of the knit tie incredibly versatile.
The silk knit tie’s versatility proves to be its greatest strength, as it looks just as good with a pair of jeans as it does in a suit. The texture of a knit tie brings an extra element that allows it to provide contrast even in solid color form, without risking that it will clash with other patterns. A black silk knit piece can even carry the refinement and elegance required for more formal occasions such as weddings and black tie events.
Tips for Wearing Silk Knit Ties
Many of the same rules (or more accurately “guidelines”, since individual style always has allowances) that apply to ties in general will also apply to the knit tie. Wear lighter or brighter colors in the spring and summer and darker colors and earth tones in the autumn and winter. Classic colors like navy, red, and royal blue are the most versatile and can be worn with almost anything.
Conservative-colored knit ties are acceptable corporate attire in all but the most stodgy office environments. They’re also perfect for conveying the serious-but-relaxed vibe if your work environment is on the business casual side. Outside the office, a nice knit tie can help dress up and add some extra style to your night-on-the-town outfit of jeans or chinos and a button-down, with or without the blazer.
If you’re looking to add more flavor or personality to your look, you could opt for one with horizontal stripes, polka dots, or other repeating patterns. But if you like to keep it simple, one of the sharpest, most dependable looks for a silk knit tie is to wear it with a check or small gingham pattern shirt.
Tips for Caring for Your Silk Knit Tie
Due to the thickness and texture of the material, we advise using a simple Four-in-Hand knot. When you take it off, we recommend that you always roll it, as hanging it like other ties may cause it to stretch.
If you get a stain on your silk knit tie, use a Tide pen if you have one; otherwise take the advice of Frank Lucas and immediately blot (don’t rub!) the stain with some other stain removal agent or club soda. Take it to the dry cleaner only as a last resort as the chemicals and processes used may ruin the tie, and make sure to request that it not be pressed.
And keep your silk knit tie in mind the next time you travel – the flexibility of the knit ensures that it won’t get wrinkled or creased in transit, and you’ll turn up to the function looking fresh and ready to go.