5 Days, 5 Ways: How to Wear a Textured Tie

5 Days, 5 Ways: How to Wear a Textured Tie

the automatically autumnal accessory

By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: May 8 2020 | 4 min read

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I can’t pretend to know what it feels like to have to wear a suit and tie when the most formal you usually get is tucking your shirt in. I bought a suit to wear to interviews after college and wore it once. I think my parents donated it from the back of my childhood bedroom closet when they moved last year.

One way to combat that feeling of “Oh, call me Style; Mr. Girlfriend was my father” feeling when dressing up is to opt for accessories that feel a little more modern. Think: bold socks, a bracelet alongside your watch, and a textured tie instead of more traditional neckwear.

As GQ put it, “Look for something a little more substantial with texture.”

Such as? Flannel, tweed, wool… anything that, according to men’s style blog Cheatsheet says, provides “visual depth to an otherwise bland outfit”

Bland may be a bit of a stretch – you’re an SG reader, after all! You know how to make even the most conservative suit feel more like you.

Below, how to wear a textured tie five ways:

scholar, grad school, graduate, proper, tidy

Wear it Well: Pull everything together with a consistent use of color – in this case, blue. Oh, and that grey suit? It’s super-versatile; here’s more ways to wear the one (hopefully?!) hanging in your closet.

denim, jacket, layers, light layers, fall layers

Wear it Well: Wearing darker colors on lighter fabrics is another great way dress for autumnal anticipation. As always, we love a denim jacket as the cool weather starts to hit.

casual office, pittsburgh steelers, yellow, black and yellow, preppy

Wear it Well: A sunny yellow sweater feels relatively tame with dark jeans and an otherwise monochrome look.

blazer, country, british, northern, prep, equestrian

Wear it Well: Boots and a blazer strike the perfect balance between “rugged” and “gentleman.” You’ll be surprised at how many outfits you can wear lace-up boots like the above with. Here, we’ll show you.

wedding, formal, special occasion, dressy, suit up

Wear it Well: Keep the look playful with a bright, contrasting lapel flower. Oh, and that white dress shirt? It’s a wardrobe essential. You have one in your closet, right?!


Shop #SGapproved textured ties

oliver spencer textured tie

Oliver Spencer, $90

how to wear a textured tie

Banana Republic, $60

how to wear a textured tie

The Tie Bar, $25

Texture can come in the form of a knit tie, like the version from The Tie Bar, above.

According to The Gentlemanual, a knit tie like this looks best worn with a smaller knot:

“Knit ties tend to come in a slimmer width and also more malleable fabrics — you’re not going to be able to tie all the same knots you would with a standard silk or cotton variety. We recommend a smaller knot like the four-in-hand or simple knot. This will let the knit tie shine and won’t leave your knot looking too large for the width of the tie.”


Want to see more ways to wear your wardrobe faves? Check out how to wear a breton shirt, bomber jacket, and chambray shirt.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Gabi Meyers went from Team SG's first-ever intern to a trusted fashion editor and stylist. She currently lives in Chicago with a very cute dog.