I am always on the look out for classic items (with a little contemporary twist to them), especially if I can find them in a sale! As an example I have always admired the knitted silk tie and several years ago managed to acquire a dark blue tie from an Armani outlet in Palm Springs (read my previous post here). I recently acquired my second knitted silk tie - at Marks and Spencer of all places!
It is a dark red, almost burgundy, but unlike my Armani version this one has a square end – hence the more classic feel to it. It is constructed extremely well. The neck section has a silk lining which allows it to sit/hang perfectly and provides the perfect start point to tie it at the correct length (so the end of the tie rests on the waist band of my trousers). It is 6 cm wide, mid way between the normal width of a tie and the latest trend for very skinny ties – a good compromise, and unlikely to look dated for many years to come.
It also has an interesting sheen to it, which I am taking as an indication of the quality of the silk knit. In a very short space of time it has become my go-to tie. What I especially like about knitted silk is how it can be worn with almost any style of clothing. Here are some images of the tie with soft collared oxford shirt, the same shirt with a cotton jacket and a more formal suit and shirt.
Knitted silk ties are enjoying something of a revival and are therefore much easier to find - TM Lewin for example has a very good selection. Finally, I only paid £15 ($23) for it in the sales. One tie, so many options, and it looks good in all seasons. Classic!