Last week I decided to sell some of my neckwear on eBay. I created my first listing and started to fill in the requisite information. One section named “Item Specifics” let me add more information to help buyers find my item in search results. This included the brand name, color, material, length & width. The drop down menu for width asked me to choose from one of the following:
Skinny (< 3 1/2″)
Classic (3 1/2″ – 3 3/4″)
Wide (> 3 3/4″)
I was surprised by the way in which eBay determined the cutoff for skinny, normal width and wide men’s ties. In fact, I think it is downright wrong. There isn’t an online seller of men’s skinny ties which sells narrow neckties wider than 3 inches. Three inches is the industry standard cutoff for thin ties. Anything wider *might* be considered *slim* but certainly not skinny.
Also, many a modern necktie manufacturer & designer sells neckwear up to 4″ in width from corner to corner at the tip without referring to it as wide. The most recent period when ties were wider was during the 60′s & 70′s, when they ran from 4 1/4 to over 5 inches and are by today’s standards considered *wide* or *fat*. In my professional opinion, today’s classically cut neckwear runs up to and including 4 inches, and anything wider falls under the category of men’s wide ties.
That’s my story & I’m sticking to it!