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A necktie remains essential men's wear

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A necktie remains essential men’s wear

BY KEVIN CULLEN
Commercial-News

Go ahead, call me a freak. Call me weird. Call me old-fashioned.

"Kevin, you’re just so incredibly freakish, weird and old-fashioned. Get over it."

Hmmm. You didn’t have to agree so quickly and robustly. But thanks, anyway.

Yes, I still wear tie to work everyday. That makes me part of a dying breed, according to the late, great Men’s Dress Furnishings Association — the New York trade group that for many years represented America’s neckwear makers.

The association shut down this year. The reason why is all around us: the necktie industry is becoming extinct. Its killer is the casual look: open-collared shirts, flip flops, shorts, hairy legs, cargo pants, T-shirts ... and I’m talking about grown men attending church on Sunday, grown men on job interviews, grown men in important office jobs.

According to an Associated Press report, necktie sales peaked in the early 1970s when Americans bought between 200 million and 250 million ties a year. Since then, annual sales have plunged to approximately 50 million.

A 2007 Gallup poll showed that only 6 percent of men still wear a tie to work each day, down from 10 percent in 2002. Even more telling was the fact that 67 percent of the men surveyed said they never wear a tie to work. That was up from 59 percent just five years earlier.

It’s a classic case of "give an inch, take a mile." "Casual Friday" has morphed into Casual Monday, Casual Tuesday, Casual Wednesday, Casual Thursday, Casual Friday, Casual Saturday and Casual Sunday. The high-tech boom spawned a generation of laid-back, Bill Gates style executives who opted for khakis and open collars over white shirts and silk cravats. The underlings dress as the boss dresses.

It’s interesting. If you look at a photo of the fans at a baseball game in the 1930s or 1940s, you’ll see that most of them are wearing felt hats, white shirts and ties. A Danville High School Medley from the same period reveals the same thing — even the sophomores are wearing neckties, and they look pretty darned spiffy. Even the early Beatles performed in suits and ties, you may recall.

When I started working full-time for newspapers, every man in the newsroom wore a necktie to work every day. That was in 1977. But by 1980, at least in my newsroom, things started relaxing, and by 1982 or so, even the city editor I worked for could be seen slopping around in jeans and a flannel shirt.

I stuck with my tie for years, but finally joined the crowd, sort of. I often wore shirts with button-down collars. I figured they looked dressy enough. At least the collar of my T-shirt wasn’t showing (always a decidedly non-classy, hick look).

But eventually, I came back to ties. Granted, they sometimes feel like a noose around your neck, but they add a little color and, to me, at least, they speak of professionalism. Somehow, it seems to me that most people like to see newspaper people dress in traditional office wear. It’s important work, and the people who do it should — in my view, anyway — try to look as if they take their jobs half-way seriously.

To me, the laid-back look is best reserved for after hours, and weekends, and trips to the park. I love casual clothes as much as the next guy, but I also look in the mirror occasionally. Jeans and sweatshirts are fine around the house, for mowing the grass, for running to the hardware store. Shorts, to me, should be avoided by anyone who isn’t young and thin. Flipflops have to be bad for your feet. My grandmother often lectured me on the tragic consequences of fallen arches.

So long live the necktie. It’s more than just a colorful little ribbon of silk ... it adds dash and elan, it opens doors, it sets the tone in an office, and it lets the world know that you have noticed how most of the really successful men in the world still dress.

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