Did J. Crew Just Decide The Skinny Tie Is Over?

by MR Magazine Staff

Trendy guys, take note: Like it or not, neckties are getting wider again. J. Crew said so. In a footnote on page 86 of its latest catalog, the trendsetting chain quietly announced, “We widened our ties by ¼” to keep up with today’s changing proportions,” signaling the death knell of the skinny tie that its consumers — and an entire culture of fashion-savvy males — have been sporting since at least 2011, according to Newser. But take heed: That doesn’t necessarily mean the pendulum is swinging in the other direction entirely, either. The announcement means that J. Crew will be bumping up its tie widths from 2.5 to 2.75 inches — still slimmer than the typical mainstream tie, which measures between 3 and 3.25 inches, according to an expert interviewed by Bloomberg. Currently, the popular necktie retailer Tie Bar sells skinny ties as slim as 2 inches. As Bloomberg notes, just seven years ago, the company’s most popular tie was a broad 3.25 inches wide. But over the course of that time, designers have slimmed down suit silhouettes, and ties have, well, followed suit. Read more at Yahoo Style.