Style Debate: Neckties are overrated

Whoa whoa whoa.  Hold my half-Windsor.  This might get nuts.

Ties are, in fact, overrated:  Look, no one is saying the necktie is a bad thing.  It’s just not all that it’s cracked up to be.  Men use ties as a panacea.  A crutch even.  They put on a tie and they think they’re dressed up, when in fact, a good chunk of men look uncomfortable and/or stuffy when wearing one.  Ties can be a type of subconscious sartorial leash.  And your boss is holding the other end.  In our increasingly dressed down culture, a tie can also be seen as off-putting.  Is that the fault of the tie-wearer?  No.  But you can wear a blazer or sport coat and still look sharp without a tie.  Same goes for a suit ( some vehemently disagree.)  You put on a tie, and people often get suspicious.

Ties are NOT overrated:  Listen here Mr. too-cool-for-a-tie.  Ties are not only a sign of respect for those around you, they’re a sign of power.  Try addressing a joint session of Congress without a tie on.  A great looking and subtle tie tied in an appropriate sized knot with a well-done tie dimple shows you know what you’re doing.  It can also show you’re not to be messed with.  It’s one of those few pieces that allows a man to show a slice of personality if he chooses.  It’s also another opportunity, like the cut of your suit, to stand out from the sea of fellas mailing it in.

Are you behind the tie?  Do you have a closet full of ties yet rarely use them?  Do you think they make someone look stuffy?  Leave your take in the comments below…