Wear a necktie? Knot no more

  • Article by: LLEWELLYN KING , Hearst Newspapers
  • Updated: April 20, 2013 - 8:39 AM

Suits, too, are on the sartorial chopping block.

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dannyramoneApr. 19, 1310:52 PM

Who wears polo shirts? Especially with jeans? With khakis maybe, but then we'd all look like Target employees. I cheer the death of suit and tie, but button fly shirts are not going anywhere but over my shoulders.

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nkuhlmanApr. 19, 1311:43 PM

The reports of its death have been grossly mis-overestimated. Feel free to dress like a shmuck if you like. Try not to get Taco Bell on your sweat pants.

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bellczarApr. 20, 1312:19 AM

The necktie is an essential part of professional dress. There are many professions where wearing one is mandatory. It is a mystery why the author considers Members of Congress and the White House correspondents pool. That accounts for less than 1000 Americans.

Men who aren't required to wear ties but do anyway are signalling their status. Dress like a slob if you must, but I like to telegraph my professionalism to superiors, colleagues, underlings, and customers.

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physics1966Apr. 20, 13 4:05 AM

I have degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from U of M. I know how to do a lot of useful things. I don't know how to tie a necktie. I was never interested in skills that are not useful. It is a lot better to have more in your arsenal than you would appear to have, than to appear that you have more in your arsenal than you really do. Phony is the word for the latter. Now keep in mind that this is the view of an engineer, not a sales manager.

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ivehaditApr. 20, 13 7:15 AM

bellczar: "The necktie is an essential part of professional dress." Depends on the profession. As an estate attorney, I had clients begin to tell me 15 years ago when I showed up at their homes in a suit, "You don't have to dress up for me." My clients are much more relaxed with me in a sport coat and open collar than in a $750 suit and $100 tie. And a relaxed client is much more open about planning for their family and their death. If I were a litigator or a M&A attorney, I would have a completely different view. But my clients don't wear coats and ties (and most are very well-heeled), and they don't want me to either.

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pitythefoolsApr. 20, 13 8:23 AM

My entire career I have wished to find the person who invented the necktie...to strangle him with it.

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furguson11Apr. 20, 13 9:30 AM

You need to wear whatever the person who is hiring perceives as appropriate. It's not a big deal, it's just camouflage. I can wear whatever I want off the job (after I've earned the $$$)

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shuckApr. 25, 13 4:44 PM

@bellczar, while I was still school I had a number of jobs where a tie at least, and suit in one instance was a requirement. That hasn't been the case for years. Please rest assured that at least in my case (and I susspect in many others )the relative professional merit (and corresponding compensation), are strongly inversely correlated to the level of required dress. There are certainly times where a little flash may help, but in the long run your intelligence, drive, innovation, and work ethic are worth 10x more...

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