Oct 11, 2007

All Tied Up


In another one of their infamous “let’s-invent-a-fashion-trend” Style section stories, today’s New York Times reports that ties are back in fashion. Not in investment banks and law firms, mind you. But at ad agencies and design shops, worn by young men who just find them to be ultra-fashionable. As evidence, the article points out Justin Timberlake’s three-piece suit get-ups as well as the rising sale of ties at Saks, Bloomingdale’s and other upscale stores. Now common sense tells us that there just aren’t enough tie-sporting young hipsters in New York City to impact the sale of ties at patrician Saks Fifth Avenue, and that said increase is in no doubt due to the oft-reported trend among more traditional businesses to do away with casual dress codes.

Besides which, I have yet to see anyone at my ad agency wearing a tie just for the fun of it. You?

9 comments:

Lewis Green said...

Toad,

The last time I wore a tie just for the fun of it was.... Hmm. That would be never. However, in full disclosure, I am a long way from being a young hipster. Passed that point in my life several decades ago.

yikes said...

I've worn ties for the hell of it. I like them.

There's one senior creative who wears them here, and not in a suit-y way, but in a dapper way.

Personally, I think if everyone's in t-shirts, you stand out more by not wearing the uniform.

raafi said...

I do it all the time. In fact, I busted out a jacket, tie, jeans and vans slip-ons for an ad agency meeting today, but pulled the tie at the last minute so as not to appear overdressed. Plus they get you street cred with business-types.

Make the logo bigger said...

Yeah, but if the t-shirt's really cool, I say go for it.

@ raafi - Ouch. Thin tie. Jacket. Jeans. Sneakers. Sounds like Billy Joel in his prime man.

;-p

Toad said...

@Raafi: The key word in your post is "meeting" - lots of creatives wear ties to meetings or on other special occasions. The article, however, made it sound like we were all wearing ties on a daily basis because we'd grown tired of t-shirts.

The Elephant said...

i rock a mean tie quite often, but then again I've never had a job that required me to do so...

raafi said...

@mtlb - (licking my wounds). I'm not sure there's a black man on earth who would want to be compared to Billy Joel. ;)

Make the logo bigger said...

@ raafi - not even during the Christie years?

;-p

raafi said...

Put it this way, my list of fave spiffy-dressers who date supermodels begins with David Bowie, crests with Tom Brady, and ends with Seal.