Same tie sizes?

posted 2 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 2
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42510 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Summerwedding14:  I think it would look better if all the ties were the same width.Little things become so obvious in pictures. These guys needed lessons in tie tyeing.

 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I agree that a closer width would look best.  3.5″ is pretty universal, and timeless.   10 years ago 3.5″ up 4.5″ was popular.   Today, it’s 3″ to 3.5″  if you can order them in 3″ wide, you’ll be splitting the difference between skinny – generally 2.5″ – and the constant standard of 3.5″.  But 3.5″ never looks off.  I wear 3.5″ ties with 2.5″ lapels all the time.  3.5″ is substantially more formal than a skinny tie, and even 3″ will be too little difference for most people to notice. 

If you do go with different widths, It is important to match the tie to the person, and the jacket, than to the other ties.  If you do use different sizes make sure each one fits the outfit.  Tie width matching lapel width is a role of thumb that produces good results, but is not hard and fast.  If guys have broad shoulders, they should wear a more conventional width tie, and if they are smaller guys they can get away with skinny ties more easily.  I’m 5’7″ and 140 lbs, so a narrower tie on me is kind of, in proportion.  On a taller, or broader man, they can look out of place and be distracting.  By the same token, I look utterly ridiculous in a 4.5″ tie, and only have one 4″ tie that I only wear with a vest, hiding the widest point.  And I only have it because it’s from a thrift store, and a wardrobe staple (navy grenadine).

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