Superfluous fashion: Time to retire the tie

businessman in meeting wearing a tieEach morning when I wake up, I’m grateful for one thing:

I don’t have to wear a tie.

Don’t get me wrong — I’m grateful for my life and my health, too. But mainly, it’s the whole not-having-to-wear-a-tie perk that instills me with gratitude.

I’m lucky that my job doesn’t require a tie. (But come to find out, it does require competence. And despite all my lobbying, they’re not yet willing to waive that outdated demand.)

Although I don’t like ties, I’m not a slob. I always wear a collared shirt to work, whether it’s formal button-up or a polo. I’ll even put them in the washer, on occasion.

I also make an effort to look nice. Big emphasis here on “making the effort.” If I run a comb through my hair, I think that shows I’m trying. (The same can’t be said for my sandals with black socks.)

Despite my strict no-tie policy, I always carry an air of professionalism. (I always carry a rubber chicken, too, because I like to be prepared. You never know when you’ll be asked to meet with the CEO.)

Ties should be abolished. Other than decoration, they serve no useful purpose. (Unless, of course, you want to hang yourself following an unexpected layoff.)

Ties are also uncomfortable. And when you’re striving for productivity, comfort is crucial. Call me crazy, but I’m not exactly at my best when I’m being strangled by an abrasive piece of cloth cinched around my throat.

Some professions take dressing up to an unnecessary extreme.

Take FBI agents, for example — at least the way they’re portrayed in the movies. They maintain a high degree of physical fitness. They engage in hand-to-hand combat, chase down criminals, and even infiltrate the Black Lodge (that is, if they happen to be Special Agent Dale Cooper).

And yet they’re expected to do all this while wearing a suit and tie.

I mean, isn’t working in law-enforcement difficult enough? It’s got the physical demands and that whole life-threatening aspect to it. Do we really need to tack on the challenge of looking presentable, as well?

Criminals on the news are always wearing jogging suits, and it makes sense. Jogging suits are comfortable. And comfort’s a big bonus when the whole idea is to get away. It’s  always easier to hop fences and duck into doorways when you’re unencumbered by a tie and polished loafers. Besides, evading the authorities can scuff up your good shoes.

Society needs to rethink its arbitrary dress code — especially in the workplace. Work is horrifying, demeaning, and demoralizing enough as it is. We don’t need the added burden of physical discomfort tossed in the mix. (Unless it’s our week to clean out the company fridge.)

Besides, being well-dressed doesn’t necessarily make you competent or hardworking. I’m living proof that ties aren’t needed in the workplace. (But then I’m again, if you look at my productivity, I’m living proof that I’m not needed in the workplace, either.)

So let’s get rid of the tie. All they do is suffocate us slowly and collect blobs of food when we’re trying to eat lunch.

Besides, when it comes to suffocating slowly, we don’t need ties. That’s what our jobs are for.

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14 thoughts on “Superfluous fashion: Time to retire the tie

  1. In My Cluttered Attic

    I think wearing a tie is like wearing a cape. Think “The Incredibles” when Edna say’s, “No Capes!” noting all the dangers. A tie is no different. Say you’re an FBI agent; your tie might be your undoing. Say you’re chasing a suspect when you arrive at the side of his getaway car. You bend in to grab his keys out of the ignition, and he closes the window…ON YOUR TIE. Zip… he drives away! You reach over to snag a piece of evidence on the floor… and yikes… your tie gets caught in a fan! Very nasty close shave. Imagine all the possible catastrophic scenarios that could occur. Inspector Erskin on the old TV series, “The FBI”—while stapling papers together, accidentally staples his tie to some important documents. His tie (now with a staple in it) is in violation of the strict FBI dress code—so he get’s fired! Or, you’re Agent Dale Cooper, from “Twin Peaks” fame. You reach for that last donut… but your tie slips into that ‘Damn fine (HOT) cup of coffee’ and you scald yourself! Could happen. And just for arguments sake, what if your Agent K, from “Men In Black” and you reach to fire your Neuralyzer at someone who has seen something they shouldn’t, but your tie slips in the way of the ray…deflecting the ray in the direction of say…ME…and I get hit by mistake. I might forget I ever wrote this response. DID HAPPEN!

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    1. Allen Post author

      That’s exactly right. The tie has proven not only to be an unnecessary nuisance, but a potential hazard in the workplace, as well. Plus, you have to make sure it matches the rest of your outfit, and I’m the type of person who wears one black sock and one navy blue. (Because really, is there a difference?)

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      1. In My Cluttered Attic

        I’m gonna say… no. But, my wife claims I’m color blind and can’t tell certain shades of purple from blue. Note the Minnesota Vikings and their jersey colors—supposedly it’s purple, but it looks light blue to me. But I swear I once saw a green chameleon that my wife swore was orange when she went to go see it. So what do I know. 😀

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  2. BunKaryudo

    I think companies should compromise and insist that employees (male and female) wear those T-shirts with a necktie printed on the front. That way, employees could enjoy maximum freedom of movement while still maintaining an acceptable level of formality and sophistication.

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    1. Allen Post author

      I think that’s an awesome idea. And to add to the formality and sophistication, I could ask them to print cuff links on the T-shirt’s sleeves. That way, my boss would have an indication of how dedicated I am to achieving excellence.

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