How to Wear a Knit Tie
Most of you now realize knit ties are indeed a popular fashion piece. The gentleman's fashion world is looking for every which way to accessorize and a knit tie plays right into it. However, most of us are unfamiliar on how to wear them, when to wear them, or why we wear them. For now, all you need to know, is you should be wearing them!
The main thing you need to remember is that knit ties are more casual and fashionable than they are dressy. When you are wearing a dressy suit to a conservative workplace, don't wear a knit tie. Save the knit ties for sport coats with slacks/jeans and for a fashionable suit- which means slim fitting or a cool pattern aka not boring.
I should also throw it out there that when you are trying to dress down your sport coat with a pair of jeans, don't wear a silk tie! Wear a casual tie, casual being KNIT, cotton, linen, or linen/silk blend (and other blends as well), just don't wear that 3.5 inch silk tie you also wear to the office. There are always ways to break rules, so if you want to know how to break the casual silk tie look- it HAS to be 2.5 inches or less in width and patterned.
Knit ties can be worn all year round- it just depends on the color palate your are playing with. Don't wear a fall looking tie in the spring and so on. Like always (if you have questions on this or anything else, send me a picture and we can go over why it does or doesn't work).
If you like sport coats, then the knit tie is something you should absolutely be stocking up on.
Fabric matching- meaning texture. So if you are wearing a knit tie, its great if you pair it with a like fabric material like the picture above; heavier wool fabric and a knit tie being heavier cotton fabric. What about summer? Its fine to pair a knit tie with a lighter weight coat or suit, BUT, what you want to refrain from is pairing the knit tie with a very sheen wool suit like a sharkskin or melange fabric (aka a lot like the ones you wear to your professional office).
Just remember, knits ties are more fashionable, so pair them with more fashionable items.
Length is lenient on this, of course you can't go wrong with hitting the belt buckle like normal ties. But, it IS OK to tie them a few inches above the waist of the pants. If someone says something like "your tie is too short," respond with "the bottom of your pant is way to big of an opening (what is that? an 18 inch opening?) you really should invest in some new pants." Because, the person saying your tie is 3 inches too short I GUARANTEE is not wearing items in style, and the bottom opening of their pant is one of the many overlooked details.