A movement starts. Men start wearing their clothes more fitted, in part due to European influences. More and more men shop for slim clothing, putting new found effort toward looking stylish. Time passes.
A trend starts. Trendsters get wind of this new "tailored" look and, in what seems like a natural progression, bring it to the next level. Slim turns to skinny, and stylish begins to look a whole lot like corny. A trend dies - some men go down with it.
Seriously, fellas, enough with the super skinny sh-t. In particular, ties.
There is nothing more "trying-too-hard-looking" than a tie that can be mistaken for your little niece's fat sneaker laces. At 1" (2.54 cm) wide, neckwear screams "look at me, I'm really cool!".
Your tie, like your clothing, should be slim, not skinny. The difference can be inches, or fractions of inches, but it is crucial.
When it comes to neckwear, try not to go any slimmer than 2.5" wide (2.75"is my ideal width...for now). Sooner or later tie widths are going to swing the other way, along with lapel widths and jacket lengths.
Oh yeah, and proportions are key! While I try to figure out a proper tie-width-to-waist-size ratio, lets just say that if you are a big guy, a skinny tie won't look any better on you than skinny jeans would.
Thanks for reading!
Yours in style,