Yesterday, Robert Pattinson appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers in support of his recently released film, The Lighthouse. The British actor sported his signature messy hair—delicately tousled, as if massaged by the nimble fingers of a cherub—and wore a suit. The look was courtesy of Celine and came impeccably tailored: The jacket ever-so-tightly hugged the body, the pants had a diamond-sharp pleat down the center, and the shirt’s collar was freshly starched and firm. The most surprising choice was a subtle one: Pattinson’s tie, which was roughly the width of a (souvenir size) Toblerone bar.
While the tie was teeny tiny, it packed a punch. The gentleman’s accessory wasn’t the tie of funhouse mirrors; perversely bloated and worn by sloppy politicians. Nor was it printed with a frightful, cornea-searing print, like a spoof graphic or polka dots. (Quelle horreur!) It wasn’t too short (as beloved by teenage boys going to their first dance) and nor was it too long (as beloved by no one.) Instead, the skinny lil’ thing was comfortably knotted to the neck, hit the tip of the pants, and came with pops of demure red and off-white stripes, a pattern that the label formally describes as “Cambridge striped.”
The skinny tie is a piece that is intrinsically connected to Celine designer Heidi Slimane. In fact, Slimane’s love for the ribbon-thin tie during his tenure at Dior Homme defined a whole uniform of scrawny, pokey ribbed, rock ‘n roll dudes (see: Pete Doherty) throughout the early-to-mid ’00s. And while men are choosing more and more to forgo the tie completely—Pattinson himself doesn’t usually wear one—the butter knife-sized piece and its razor-sharp cut has a certain saucy elegance that feels fresh; plus, it can be embraced by both men and women. So relax, make like Pattinson, and loosen up that skinny tie!