Vintage late 1970s into early 1980s navy blue square bottom skinny tie in a fluid rayon knit features horizontal “stripes” of silver lurex yarn that subtly shimmer in the light.
A September 1979 article in the LA Times announced: “Skinny ties are being touted as the chicest ties of the year”, a necessary accompaniment to narrowing lapels. The trend caught on primarily with younger men (perhaps because the over-40 set had already lived through it?), and so major neckwear manufacturers stuck with standard 3-3.5” ties for the most part, while adding a few “skinny” lines to appeal to younger customers.
Though the "flash" in this tie has an almost subdued quality to it (thanks to the way the lurex is "grounded" in the darker knit), the tie is certainly in keeping with the novelty neckwear trend of the 1980s. Tie designer Vicky Davis, who had championed skinny ties since the early 1970s, produced both four-in-hand and bow tie examples which incorporated lurex, and in 1983, a male model accessorized his runway tuxedo with a blue sequinned skinny tie.
Measuring 51.5” long and 2” wide, this eye-catching skinny tie is in excellent condition.
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