Wearing a tie always produces an air of confidence and authority, but a tie you wear to the office may not be appropriate for a pub, club, or a nice restaurant. It can come across as too formal and stuffy, even if worn with a decidedly more casual outfit. A skinny tie can form the perfect balance between casual and formal when you need to add a little flair and panache to your look; it can be worn over a plain button-down shirt for a more confident look or in a layered outfit for a distinctive, refined fit.
Tall men will find that a skinny tie has a slimming look, making them appear even taller (this may not be good if you are particularly skinny). Shorter men will have to be careful and are often better served wearing skinny ties in the context of a layered outfit, as it can make them look stockier or even overweight. Skinny ties have seen a renewed popularity, and while not exactly common, they can be found in an increasing variety of stores.
More traditional men’s stores won’t carry many skinny ties, but more fashion-forward retailers such as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and even Macy’s have good selections both in-store and online. This is indicative of the garment’s widespread popularity, as it was previously considered an alternative fashion. Ties that come in a variety of widths can be considered “skinny;” they come in super thin (less than half the width of a traditional tie) to only an inch or so thinner than a standard tie. Generally the super thin ties are perceived as flashy, and in my experience they have been more difficult to wear effectively.