Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tie: Elegant symbol or sartorial vestige?

As more workplaces gravitate toward casual wear, the tie has become the odd article out as men loosen up their look toward comfort.

"Corporate casual" has been in vogue for a number of years, to the point where men wear business attire without neckties and still convey a sense of authority. It helps to be head of the company (like Apple's Steve Jobs) in order to set the tone for other employees. At the end of the day, common sense is the guide that enables professionals to dress down, but likely not to the point of tank tops, shorts and sneakers. (That would be for other work environments of the athletic variety.)

And if you think the necktie is at risk of fading, what about the bow tie? So long as there are tuxedos (and old movies), the bow tie won't go away that easily. Still, tying one from scratch might become a lost art, given the pre-tied option that is faster to put on. Ironically, anyone who knows how to tie his/her shoes already knows how to tie a bow tie. The location is different, that's all.

Anyway, it is my hope that we do not give up on ties as the 21st century progresses. (I've got too many in my closet to just not wear them anymore.)


Tyler Gatzbi said...

I like ties.
It's one of the few times a guy can wear a ridiculous fabric pattern, and still look good.

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