Jeans, coffee and now ties… is skinny or regular the best choice?

Plain Royal Blue Skinny Tie by DQT

When it comes to ties, there are plenty of decisions to be made: decisions on which fabrics, colours and patterns to choose, decisions on how to tie them, and also decisions on width.

Ties can be found in regular, slim and skinny widths – with a variety of options in between too. Whether you’re wearing a skinny tie or a regular tie, there are various rules that you can follow to ensure you look as dapper as possible:

1. Match your tie with the lapels of your suit. A skinny tie should be worn with skinny lapels, a regular tie with wider ones.

2. Certain ties look better on certain body shapes. If you’re short, overweight or stocky, a regular tie may be your best bet. Skinny ties tend to look better on men who are tall and thin – they can add the impression of extra weight if not. If you’re slim but are trying to look bulkier, a regular tie is probably a better choice for you – skinny ties will highlight your slight stature.

3. Think carefully about patterns and colours. Regular ties can look great in just about any colour and pattern – but skinny ties are different. Knitted skinny ties can make a style statement, but stick with modern stripes, checked patterns or solid colours when wearing a skinny tie to ensure you always look stylish.

Plain Royal Blue Men’s Tie by DQT

4. Bear in mind rules for shirt collars. The width of your jacket lapels can affect the way a tie looks, and your shirt collar can do the same. If wearing with a dress shirt, choose one with a narrow rather than wide spread collar, and avoid button-down collars unless you are wearing a regular tie.

5. Think about the occasion. Skinny ties can be worn formally, but are less suited to this purpose – you’re better off with a slim or regular width tie. Skinny ties are generally more acceptable for casual occasions.

6. Choose your knot carefully. While a full Windsor makes perfect sense for a regular fit tie, skinny ties look better with a four-in-hand knot – or a half Windsor for a more formal occasion.