Fashion essentials: Knitted ties from Ermenegildo Zegna

WEAVING KNOT. Knitted ties have been everywhere and anywhere, from school uniforms to staple accessories of Frank Sinatra and other fashionable gentlemen in the 1960s.

These knitted ties from Ermenegildo Zegna’s fall-winter 2012 collection somehow fall in a category between preppy and proper. The blue and browns give the ties a somber mood, yet the uneven texture and plaid pattern on the back make them feel relaxed and carefree. Put together, these features give the ties their smart casual look. They work great with lots of oufits, but do remember not to over accessorize, because these knitted ties already stand out on their own.