We've all been there: Standing 'Risky Business'-style in front of the closet with the morning express train 14 minutes from the station and no idea what to wear to work. And that's before even considering a tie. And with the multitude of widths, patterns, and colors cramping our racks these days, picking a winner is no small feat. Not to add insult to injury, but have you even thought about texture? So as not to delay things any further and risk pissing off your own private Lumbergh, we'll cut to the chase with a ringing endorsement of this silk knit from Paul Stuart, an always right, office-appropriate accessory that's guaranteed to make an original statement.
Knits are quirky and a little rebellious, and their unconventionality lends itself to some creativity. So wear yours loosely and mismatched to add a touch of levity to a suit, or combine one with khakis and a cardigan to bring a touch of professionalism to an informal environment. If it's your first time veering away from Patrick Bateman-approved power patterns, dip your toe in with a muted color, like slate, spinach, or dusty purple. For those of you with go-to-hell pants starched and ready for pick-up at the dry cleaners, the best move is to knot on a scarlet or, if you're feeling extra bold, a neon orange knit. No matter your personality, we recommend a four-in-hand knot to tone down the bulk. So, gentlemen, if a tie is part of your daily ensemble, believe us when we tell you: You'll be grateful for this brainless knit pick. [$70; paulstuart.com]