Today is Father’s Day and in celebration, Dad’s everywhere are Man-ing the Grills for the backyard bar-b-que and finding themselves on the receiving end of the gift-giving– conjuring up images of Tim Allen in Home Improvement. For Mother’s Day, saying it with Flowers is always a safe and sure expression of affection. For Father’s Day, the Go-to Gift is often The Tie.
Or is it? With Business Casual, Jersey Day, and the growing population of self-employed professionals, does the Tie still have an honored place in the Man’s wardrobe?
The question came to mind after reading an amusingly serious article: “Richard Branson on Office Ties and the Company Dress Code.”* In a deliberate dress decision, Branson said their corporate culture moved away from the formal business code of suit and ties in favor of a more approachable appearance. With the plethora of high-end designers covering the closet from casual wear to black tie– it is easy to accept that “Power Appearance” can replace the “Power Suit“.
Curious as to the Professional Opinion of the Masses, I posed the “To Tie or Knot?” question to many of my Linkedin Groups. With a background and career in both communication and fashion, I very much believe that what we wear speaks volumes. The consensus among the comments concurred.
The Tie is optional. The Tie is personal. Not unlike customizing apps on iphones, play lists, or anything else, personal choice in the matter of wardrobe seems to be the new norm. Companies who moved to “Casual Friday” have found an increasing shift to casual everyday, or as mentioned above — the team-building, fun-at-work idea of Jersey Day. Living in Wisconsin, it’s hard to argue against Green Bay Packers Green & Gold as wearing your colors in loyalty and pride as always acceptable.
But the Tie is not irrelevant. Formal business dress complete with a classic or even a little edgy Tie is still the preferred professional attire. It makes a statement. It adds an attention to detail and dress that is always Class. Shop away — the Tie remains a wardrobe basic –there’s still a place in the Business World for the Tie Guy.
* Richard Branson article: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223670?goback=%2Egde_109170_member_119593441
Tamara Leigh, Co-Host of “Trend On” on the Linked Local Network & Independent Fashion Rep. JHilburn Stylist as JHilburn Custom Luxury Menswear: http://tamaraleigh.jhilburn.com/ Fashion Rep BVEN Boutique http://www.bvenboutique.com/