Think winter and you picture swaddling coats, not slivers of fabric. But there are ways to give your wardrobe that cold-weather twist, without covering up.
Swapping your bright ties for texture adds a softness to your tailoring that nods to the grey skies outside your window. And means you can be season-ready without wearing earmuffs at your desk.
ASOS Knitted Tie With Dobby
Keeping to the classic knitted tie silhouette – slim cut and blunt end – this ASOS design offers an affordable way to tweak your winter accessories.
It’s cotton, so works with a shirt and bomber away from the office too, and the colour will add some punch to your outfit without veering into wacky tie territory.
Available at ASOS, priced £8.
T.M.Lewin Plum Knitted Wool Slim Tie
Eye-popping colours are out when the sun’s fading. Instead, steer rich; in colour, fabric and texture this plum, woollen tie adds visual depth to your ensemble, especially if teamed with a flannel or twill shirt.
It can be a tricky shade to pair though, so stick to white if lime green or mustard isn’t quite right for your office.
Available at T.M.Lewin, priced £35.
Paul Smith Knitted Tie
For an easy way to add a pop of colour, Paul Smith always has your back. This 1960s-inspired tie offers retro stripes that, being chunky, pair well with the more delicate patterns in your tailoring collection – a puppytooth or herringbone will add some visual depth.
Or, for that office Christmas party, try it out with a blazer, slim jeans and brogues.
Available at ASOS, priced £75.
Marks & Spencer Square Knitted Tie
Want a fail-safe way into winter texture? Go monochrome. This black and white knitted tie will hang easily over any colour shirt you choose to don – although you’ll get best results keeping things fairly sober.
At 8.5cm, it’s wider than most knitted designs, so keep it for your work wardrobe to avoid looking like you’ve borrowed your dad’s tie for the weekend.
Available at Marks and Spencer, priced £9.50.
Richard James Tan Cashmere Knitted Tie
When your lottery numbers don’t come in and you can’t stretch to a cashmere suit, take the more affordable route and drape the fabric around your neck.
Cashmere’s sheen will add a richness to your look, so investing in it for your accessories is a cost-effective way to punch up budget tailoring. Stick to similarly toned suiting – beiges, browns and soft greys – to reinforce the link between your fabrics.
Available at Richard James, priced £115.
Reiss Bugg Silk Dot Tie In Black
Polka dots can quickly steer tacky, so keep them monochrome and oversized. The more space between the spots, the more refined they look. And the more focus remains on the texture.
Since this print’s more casual on a knit than glossy silk tie, you can wear it with everything from your suit to a denim jacket.
Available at Reiss, priced £60.
Kin By John Lewis Mercer Knitted Tie
Just because it’s gloomy out doesn’t mean you need to shun colour completely. Instead, opt for a more muted shade of your favourite. Rust is yellow’s wintry cousin, adding some heat when it’s chilly without making your look boil over.
But since this John Lewis version is on the skinny side, couple with equally fitted tailoring (slim lapels are a must) or tight denim and chunky boots, for an elevated casual look.
Available at John Lewis, priced £19.50.
Etro Striped Knitted Silk Tie
Etro’s rep is built on patterns that verge on Magic Eye, but which on a knitted fabric would veer towards novelty. These monochrome stripes are rather more wearable, although we’d still suggest keeping your shirt and tailoring muted to ensure it stays the focal point.
And if you must wear a pocket square, plain white, please.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £110.
Nick Bronson Navy Phil Birdseye Knit Silk Tie
Block-colours work well on knitted ties, because the texture adds enough visual interest without the need for bold hues or patterns.
So if in doubt, reach for blue. Handwoven in Milan, this knitted silk tie is fuss-free, and will offer a twist to even the most staid office ensemble. Just stick to white shirts – it will get lost against anything darker.
Available at Liberty of London, priced £40.
Jigsaw Pique Wool Knitted Tie
The knitted tie’s mid-century popularity can make it come across retro. And if that’s your thing, then spin the clocks back by opting for dark grey and an old-school matte wool.
For something more up to date, wear with slightly textured tailoring that will create a coherent – not opposing – look. We’d suggest tonal greys for a dose of Jack Frost.
Available at Jigsaw, priced £49.