Before you say it, I am not anti-tie, well…. I was one of those pupils who took absolute pride in my school uniform, my tie was a symbol of truth and justice, the knot nestled itself right under my shirt. My school tie made it all the way down to my waist, you will be lucky if today’s school ties even make it past the 3rd button on their shirt. Is the tie just an extension of the shirt? Do we still need it?
In the last two years, I can only recall wearing a tie once, if that. Earlier this week, a colleague of mine in the office wore a shirt and tie that were exactly the same colour. I thought to myself; why you wearing a tie that no-one can see? Actually, why are you wearing a tie at all?
If I am beginning to sound mean, then apologies for this. The tie today is still worn at so many places of work and at various events. But what signalled the end of the tie for me was that I no longer wore it to special events like weddings. Back in the days, you were looked upon if you turned up to a wedding without a tie on, I mean it was the morning hustle around the house trying to find a tie that matched your shirt and also your suit.
Has the tie lost it’s place in the fabric of our society? Will ties become folklore conversations we tell to our grandchildren?
I remember suit shopping for my wedding in London many moons ago and spending at least ½ a day in Thomas Pink matching a tie with a shirt. Sadly, those days are far behind me. Now friends, my advice is to invest in a high-quality shirt to match that outfit, ditch the tie. If you are a “compulsive food dropper while eating”, then I suggest you carry a tie in your pocket to hide the stain, only to be used in an emergency.
As I end this post, I would like to dedicate it to the vast array of ties that have accompanied us on many occasions. Do you have any ties still locked away? When was the last time you wore a tie? Here’s an interesting article you may like.