The New Trend in Losing the Necktie

The only constant about fashion is change. What was fashionable last season is decidedly not suitable this year. Different situations call for different dress codes, and what stars can get away with will not necessarily be appreciated in your place of work.

The necktie, or tie, is an integral part of men´s clothing. It is defined as a lengthy strip of cloth worn around the neck, under the shirt collar and knotted at the front at the throat. Ties are traditionally worn for formal occasions, with the top shirt button fastened, and the tie knot situated between the front points of the collar. Sometimes younger men may wear a tie tied loosely around the neck, with the top button of their shirt unfastened.

The question remains – when is losing the necktie acceptable and when is it not? If you work in a formal environment where all your colleagues wear suits and ties, ditching the necktie will be seen as rebellious and would probably not go down well with the executives, which could harm your chances or promotion.

What about job interviews? Aren’t neckties mandatory in this case? Only if the dress code at the company is formal. If it is more relaxed, lose the necktie but wear a perfectly pressed shirt and trousers.
Weddings and christenings can be tricky. Again, wear one if it is a formal event such as a traditional church event as it may appear disrespectful to go without one. Otherwise a smart pair of trousers with a formal shirt buttoned to the top will be satisfactory.

Funerals are one occasion when neckties are probably mandatory, out of respect for the deceased and their family. Invitations to events can be confusing, so when it doubt it is probably better to wear a tie unless you can pull it off with aplomb. Even semi-formal and dressy usually mean a tie is expected.
Cocktail parties, gala events and openings encourage distinctive dress, and this is exactly the time to ditch the necktie and dress to be remembered.

When the situation is not clear-cut, formal but not too dressy, you may decide to leave the tie at home. Then the rest of your outfit must be exceptional – a crisp shirt and well-tailored trousers (with or without a jacket) and carefully-chosen accessories are vital. You may even want to go sockless to complement the bare neck. Button up the shirt to the top to maintain an elegant, well-pulled together look.

You can of course choose a cravat, scarf or bandana to add interest and flair to your outfit, particularly if you feel too uncomfortable without some sort of neck cover. If you follow this route, carry it off with assurance or you will just appear odd.You may also want to alter your appearance slightly for a less formal look. Wear your hair differently or slightly mussed; stubble or a neat short beard can look appealing; and add a statement accessory such as an exquisite belt, cufflinks or watch.

There are certainly more opportunities currently to lose the necktie than ever before. Whatever you decide, as with every situation in life, confidence and attitude are the most important accessories you can put on.

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