Today I, in all my fashion wisdom and power, have decided to make a declaration. The necktie is officially, now and hereafter, dead.
I understand that the business suit is a staple of our wardrobes. I always dress nicely in a suit when I meet with clients. I believe the look is respectful and proper. I would rather be overdressed than under dressed any day. I love my Calvin Klein suits, and some days I even think I look pretty nice in them. My preference in wardrobe is something much more casual, though. I wear jeans, sneakers, and a t-shirt whenever I can. This is the most true representation of who I am and I probably do my best work in my “brainstorming” uniform. This comfort factor is trumped by clients who are paying for my services, however.
About three years ago, I noticed on a trip to New York City that a few of the men were not wearing ties with their suits. I thought that the look was very neat and professional. The guys looked nice and dignified, but they had a certain “in the trenches look” that inspired confidence. I went into the bathroom before my meeting, removed my tie, and never looked back (or down).
Do I look like those fashion forward guys I saw in NYC? Probably not. I have never been mistaken for any fashion…well, anything. I do feel good with my tie-free zone, and I’ve noticed the trend is starting to gain momentum. The next time you are at a gathering where people are dressed in suits, take note of the tie/no tie ratio. We’re making progress. Still not a believer? I have some really nice ties for a bargain price…