Tie or No Tie?

by Jacob Parzych | January 23rd, 2014 | Men's Shopping

ties (400x400)Tie or no tie, that is the question.  If you are a man who wears business attire to work, you probably find yourself wearing a tie everyday.  Even if you work in a business casual setting, there is a very good chance that you still wear a tie to work.  The question is whether or not you really need one.

Personally, I cannot stand ties.  Wearing a tie makes me feeling like I’m being choked (even with a properly sized shirt).  While this is partially because I have muscular neck, it is a problem for many men.  The shirt collars also tend to leave irritation on my neck.  The tie can even be a pain in the rear, finding its way into your coffee every time you lean forward.  Overall, this leaves ties being a less than fun piece of an outfit.

So, in order to decide if you need a tie, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of wearing one.

The pros of being clad in a tie:

  • It’s dressier when wearing a tie.  Nobody can argue with that; you look better with a tie on.  It is a powerful statement and identifies you as the man in charge.  When you picture a boss, you picture a man with a tie on.
  • The tie can be a major fashion statement.  Ties can be very fun, with many random patterns, shapes, and colors available.  It is a great way to bring an outfit together or add a bit of color to an otherwise dull outfit.
  • If you wear the right tie with the right shirt, it can have a slimming effect.
  • An outfit that is otherwise not dressy enough suddenly becomes nice as all get-out with a tie.
  • You don’t get in trouble, because ties are part of your dress code and thus mandatory.

The cons of wearing a tie:

  • You are being suffocated by a silk anaconda and that is absolutely awful.  All you want to do is breathe, dang it!
  • You are now overdressed in a business casual setting and you feel like you may be taking this way to serious.
  • It is not a power statement, it makes you blend in.  You wish you were the man with the stones to not wear a tie.  He should not be trifled with.
  • The ties you have are boring or don’t match.

In this case, I don’t necessarily have an answer for you.  My best advice is to decide based on the setting and outfit.  Wearing a sweater?  You really don’t need a tie.  Wearing a jacket?  Better get a tie on, you want to look powerful.

Better yet, you can also invest in bow ties.  Bow ties are definitely a fashion statement.  You will stand out in one.  Or, you can just be Philip Rivers and wear a bolo.



  1. Fashion reader says:

    A question for you- do you always picture your boss as a man wearing a tie? You might be surprised to find that some bosses are female. . .

  2. Jacob P. says:

    Howdy Fashion Reader,

    I do tend to picture bosses as a man wearing a tie. In fact, I automatically picture all bosses as Michael Scott (from “The Office”). If you don’t know who I am referring to, he is a rather bland looking man who always wears ties.

    I am quite aware that a good number of bosses are female; all three of mine are women. With that said, I in no way meant to disparage women, I was simply using a stereotype.

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