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Can you explain thick ties to me? Not wide ones, but thick ones. I hate them due to the large knot they make, but I wonder if there is a time and place for them?

There is a certain kind of guy who likes a thick knot: He's generally a guy who likes luxury and wants to show that his taste is expensive.

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There is something impressive about thick silk, something excessive, something meaty and bursting. It's all in the weave, rather than in the origin of the threads: You can weave silk into a smooth or into a ribbed fabric; ribbed will make a thicker knot.

You can even leave the slightly wider sections in the natural threads known as slubs; this will give your tie a bumpy texture - it will be called a slubbed tie. I love slubbed silk, and not just for the word; added texture often renders a conservative outfit more sensual. There are some who believe that engorged knots are appropriate for wide-spread shirt collars, but I disagree: Very large knots are not in current fashion.

Russell Smith's latest novel, Girl Crazy, was recently published. Have a fashion question? E-mail style@globeandmail.com .

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