Today’s the day! It’s your presentation to the office. A job interview. A date. You open your closet and what do you see? Do you see yourself in a swanky suit, dressed to the nines, with an attractive flash of color? Or do you see yourself in a relaxed pair of jeans and an open-collared dress shirt unbuttoned just enough to keep her interested? Regardless, you are facing a great debate: When to wear a tie? Generations of men have faced this issue. Luckily, these necktie norms will you lead to success.
For most Western high fashion events, the rules are strict. If invited to a black or white tie event, you must meet the apparel standards (for example, black tie events require a black tie, white tie events require a white tie and tails). Weddings, job interviews, or other formal events still require ties, but bold and sometimes outrageous choices are admired. Currently, ties with floral patterns are celebrated spring and summer choices when paired with khaki or linen suits. With darker suits, warmer colors pop against the dark frame, making a powerful statement. The author even recalls attending high school dances in neon-colored ties.
Unlike formal events, the office, date night, and other daily or casual environments have embraced a tie-less culture. However, the choice depends on the environment. Ties are often optional for many office workers, and even if one wears a suit, one can skip wearing a tie as long as the ensemble is presentable. Although, considering the rise of athleisure wear, bold and creative ties have transitioned into statement pieces and are often the centerpiece of a suit. Outrageous bowties, suspenders, and uniquely patterned suits are popular items, especially around the holidays.
Ultimately, you cannot go wrong with a tie. While it seems superficial, dressing for the occasion or job makes a statement about who you are and where you want to go. Want the job? The promotion? The girl? Wear a tie.
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