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Originally Posted by professorchaos
On ties, the 'fashionable' width changes from time to time. ... just like any other element of fashion. Whether you think this is a cynical attempt by clothing manufacturers to always be selling clothes to people who already own enough clothes, or whether it's our innate desire to stay "fresh", "new" and "ahead of he crowd" ... Chicken, meet Egg; you two can sort out who comes first ... Fashion celebrates novelty and change
Originally Posted by The Knize
Style, on the other hand, can be seen as "what actually looks good". You can pick out bits of style in the extremes of fashion, but more often, style lives in (don't call it "traditional", "conservative", "middle of the road" ... you are missing the point) timelessness. Well, almost timeless; eventually (like it's cousin Entropy) Time always wins. I don't care how stylish the best dressed man in London was, circa 1712, if he tried wearing that now it'd just be costume.
Anyhow ... if you read enough (internet or otherwise), if you learn enough, observe enough, experiment enough ... you develop your own sense of style. And then you know (hopefully) which of the current "fashion rules" to follow, which to ignore, and which to do your own twist to.
Neckties. I like 7cm width. (Sorry, I hate metric too, but most of my recent tie purchases have been from Drakes & other places that use the metric, and 7cm happens to be my sweet spot.) That's just a hair under 3", fwiw. I know it's a bit skinnier than what is popular today ... although far wider than the skinny ties that were all the rage a few years ago ... but I like that look. I could live with 8cm well enough, but would never go narrower, oddly enough.
We all remember how necktie widths have changed over time. Those of us old enough will remember the dramatic changes from the mid 60s super-narrow to the mid 70s super-wide ... things aren't usually that dramatic, but still.
Unless one wants to buy new, "with-it" ties every few years, one is better off to find timelessly classic tie widths and patterns, and stick to that ... style.
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