Ties Outdated, Why?

Posted on September 17, 2010


A recent survey conducted among the leading restaurants in the country has revealed that the necktie, the staple accessory for men’s formal wear, is no longer required as part of the dress code in most upmarket dining rooms. Most of the respondents feel that the tie has become an outmoded fashion piece. Some politicians also argue that ties also reek of old-fashion elitism that some even bypassed it for their campaign posters in the recent election. Some fashion experts believe that “a piece of fabric dangling under your chin – a trend that dates back to the 17th-century – is just a pointless piece of decoration.”

But when you look at it from another perspective, a tie certainly have many different purpose, which includes:

  1. It gives a more professional look to the wearer. You probably notice how sloppy it looks when a guy is wearing a shirt and a jacket without the tie. It certainly completes the overall look of a formal attire.
  2. It’s a sign of respect to the people you are meeting or the venue you are visiting. Looking sharp for other people, especially in a business setting, is very important and ties definitely do that.
  3. It gives you identity and individualism, even in settings where everyone all look-alike. Be it the color, style or the way you wear you tie, it says a lot about you as a person.
  4. Being originally a substitute for scarves, tie also serve as something that can make the wearer warm during cold seasons. Though it doesn’t completely serve this purpose, tie certainly add a bit of warm when it’s nippy.
  5. Lastly, it gives a bit of a flair to a somewhat boring look.

Ties have certainly come a long way. Though some people may view it as an unnecessary piece of clothing, it is still a good way to make yourself stand out from the rest. Different neckties, including Pal Zileri ties, certainly have their own function that men should take advantage of.

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