Jeff Jarvis is Cutting the ties that bind
I haven’t worn a tie in months, maybe even a year. It may have something to do with my partial unemployment and attempts to act heretical when I have to go to church, but even while still an executive, I all but stopped wearing them. A suit with a shirt became my uniform: my Conde Nast protective coloration, a friend said. I’m ready to throw them out and I’m wondering whether it’s possible that at long last, the tie is out.
Jeff has links to other articles discussing the untied situation.
Here in Princeton, wearing a necktie depends on your occupation.
Most of the professors at the University do not wear ties, but it varies by department: the school of engineering, for instance, is near-unanimously without neckties, as are the natural sciences departments. The English department has a more diverse neckwear component, with the Medievalists wearing neckties (a legacy from the hoods?) and others not wearing neckties.
Local lawyers and bankers, however, wear neckties. FBI agents wear neckties unless going undercover.
There are professions that should wear neckties: officials in all the branches of government should out of respect for their office. This may be a revolutionary concept among some, who through their behavior show little or no respect for the office they hold.
On TV, my favorite necktie-wearer is economist Larry Kudlow, whose snazzy pattern-on-pattern neckties and suits look great without looking fussy. Yesterday Larry was wearing a light-color summer suit, pink shirt and coordinating striped necktie that looked crisp and elegant. Here he is in bankers’ stripes:
Now look at Kudlow: Custom-made shirts and suits, French cuffs, cufflinks, Windsor collars and silk ties like his spell one thing: M-O-N-E-Y, and they should, considering that’s what his program is about. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kudlow briefly a couple of years ago and up-close his are top-quality clothes. And most importantly, he is completely comfortable in them.
The Husband hasn’t worn a necktie since our son’s Confirmation last year. Prior to that ocasion, I can’t remember the last time he wore a necktie. For many years he deplored having to wear necties to work.
I asked Nick Hilton his opinion on the matter of why so many men hate wearing neckties, and he says that men usually hate neckties if they wear mass-produced shirts. The problem is not the necktie, but the shirt collar. Nick believes that men who wear custom-made shirts are more comfortable since the custom shirts shrink during the first five launderings only, but lower quality shirts continue to shrink for the life of the garment. All the same, The Husband won’t wear a tie unless he absolutely has to.
I prefer a man wearing a very nice suit without a necktie to a man wearing an ill-fitting suit with a necktie. Call it the Horatio look:
A manly, well-dressed look, but with nothing superfluous.
I like that in a guy.
It also helps that Horatio is soft-spoken, but I digress.
Does this mean that fashion has degraded?
I think not. I think it has evolved to a more practical phase.
Would the gentlemen care to comment, please?
Updated, Sunday 15 June
Rob Bluey answers the question. Here’s Rob (on the right) having a great time while wearing a necktie
Since I sweat easily AND since I don’t like sitting/standing around in a soaking (or a wet) shirt, I prefer a cool suit without a necktie and without the top shirt button closed…