How to Wear It: The Cardigan and Skinny-Tie Combo

Mr. Rogers rocked the button-front, tie, and cardigan back in the day, but this time around? It actually looks effortlessly cool and just a little unexpected. The cardigans are less bulky. The ties are skinnier. It’s the pairing to go for when you’re feeling like you want to give your blazer a rest. And because this may be uncharted territory, we’ve anticipated your questions and answered them all below.

How to Wear a Cardigan with a Skinny Tie

So, how skinny?
The slimmer your build, the slimmer you can go with your tie. Thicker builds should stick to widths of 2 1/2 inches, while thinner builds can dip as low as 1 inch.

Do I button my cardigan?
Leave one or two buttons at the bottom undone and then tuck your tie inside, or wear the cardigan open.

Which colors work best?
Entirely up to you. Single-color schemes are very right-now. Play around with different hues in the same color family. A navy blue cardigan with a midnight blue tie, for example.

Got it. Now, what else do I wear?
The overall line is slim, so don’t add volume to the bottom. For a casual springtime look, pair with narrow-leg jeans. Or add a blazer and freshly shined wing tips for the office.

Our Wear It Together: A Skinny Tie & Cardigan Boutique opens Friday, January 24, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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January 24, 2014