5 Ways to Wear a Tie According to the Fall 2020 Runways, Celebrities, and Street Style

Andrew M. Santos

Stuffy office attire might be on the outs, but don’t disregard those traditional menswear ties altogether. During the most recent women’s fall 2022 collections, Windsor knots were seen on the runways at Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Kenzo, Raf Simons, and Sportmax—the label’s full suit-and-tie look was worn by Zendaya just recently for this year’s Oscars after-party. But the cool girls in ties we saw didn’t end there. In fact, more than a handful of guests—myself and many other women included—styled an effortlessly cool, loosely worn tie outside of the shows.

The first step of wearing a tie, of course, is learning how to tie it. The second, in my opinion, is way less confusing and all the more fun: figuring out how you’d like to style it. Ironically, when a woman wears a tie, it can give a totally opposite impression than the accessory’s reputation as professional attire. Instead, it generates a rather cool, laid-back style statement, especially when worn sans blazer or suit jacket. Not to mention, the genderless accessory was dubbed one of the must-try trends of the Fall 2022 season according to Vogue Runway’s trend report, so to get ahead of the trend, we’ve pulled together five inspiring ways to style one now.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2022; Milan Fashion Week Spring 2022Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton; Acielle / Style Du Monde

Remixed Menswear

Pairing multicolor slanted-stripe ties with leather trousers and oversized jackets is how cool girls do dad style.

Gucci houndstooth single-breasted blazer

Fendi striped pattern necktie

Lardini stripe-pattern silk tie

Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini high-waisted leather-effect trousers

Gucci Fall 2022; Paris Fashion Week Fall 2022Photo: Courtesy of Gucci; Phil Oh

New Wave

You can’t go wrong with the cool contrast of a skinny black tie atop crisp white shirting.

Valentino oversized pointed-collar button-front shirt

Anine Bing Tiffany point-collar shirt

Louis Vuitton Fall 2022; Alyx Menswear Fall 2020Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton; Alyx

Auto Pilot

A leather bomber jacket, tie, and relaxed trouser is fashion’s interpretation of modern-day uniform dressing.

Diesel zip-up leather aviator jacket

Zegna seashell-pattern silk tie

Prada distressed leather jacket

1017 ALYX 9SM logo-embroidered tie

Gucci Fall 2022; Zendaya in Sportmax Photo: Courtesy of Gucci; Getty Images

Androgynous Tailoring

Take it from Zendaya and the Gucci runway: Sharp suiting and a leather tie is an undeniably cool combination for occasions outside of the boardroom.

Polo Ralph Lauren structured double-breasted blazer

Jil Sander pebbled lambskin tie

Nina Ricci structured blazer

Saint Laurent logo-plaque leather tie

Paris Fashion Week Fall 2022; Paris Menswear Fall 2022Photographed by Phil Oh; Acielle / Style Du Monde

Military Style

Layer up in an array of army green and khaki untucked knits and shirts, and add a wide-cut tie in the same hue.

Dion Lee long-sleeve V-neck jumper

Lady Anne Martine woven tie

Sacai sleeveless bomber jacket

Paul Smith contrasting-tip silk tie

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