The skinny tie is back in style right now, and whoever is in charge of deciding what’s “in” is making a strong push for its adoption. I own two skinny ties. I really like them when going out on a dressier date, or maybe even for a New Year’s Eve party, but I feel a bit silly in them when I’m in court. Maybe if I was Joseph Gordon Levitt I would feel differently.

The skinny tie is especially troublesome for gentlemen with broad shoulders or a large stomach. The skinny tie will stand in stark contrast to a bigger build, making you look even bigger. When wearing a skinny tie you also have to be very careful about the lapels on your suit. If your lapels are too big, they will swallow the skinny tie and make the whole outfit look out of proportion. All these complications are part of the reason I prefer a thicker tie.

These spread collar shirts are a great way to go against the grain, and they will work with both smaller and larger body types. The spread collar lends itself to a bold tie with a big knot. A full windsor knot will go smashingly with any of these shirts.


  1. Jonathan Moody says:

    While I agree with the majority of your post, the last portion is questionable to say the least. I would argue that a full Windsor should never be used, but it is certainly not appropriate for business attire. A four-in-hand is the only knot (aside from similar looking variations) that is appropriate for business use. While a thicker tie may be used to make a larger knot for a spread collar, the type of knot should not change for professional attire.

    • Josh Camson says:

      I obviously disagree. The full Windsor is my knot of choice for business attire. It’s slightly more formal than a four-in-hand, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. The full Windsor will set one apart from most other men wearing the same knot, or simple variations on it.

      • Jonathan Moody says:

        I respectfully disagree with the formality of the full Windsor. The four in hand is, in my opinion the more classic knot, and much more formal. However, I think we can agree to disagree on that. My one request for anyone who uses a full Windsor is that it be pulled relatively tight. The epidemic of the barely-tied, giant full Windsor is the equivalent of saggy pants.

  2. Skinny ties are like bow ties. They are never out of style if you have the cojones to wear them. (See previous comment.)

  3. Megan says:

    I agree! Skinny ties are not for everyone. You have to be comfortable with them. P.S. Joel McHale is another one who knows how to rock the skinny tie!

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