The death of the tie!
For me, the tie has always been an accessory of bank employees and boring people. As a symbol of pseudo-hierarchy and formalities, it no longer fits into the digital age.
As a little boy it was always the same scene: Dad comes out of work, throws the jacket over the chair and takes off the tie. The face is painfully distorted, as if he could hardly breathe. With the taking off-of the tie ritual, this symbolized the end of the workday and thus entered the liberty of the evening.
Fortunately, that’s history! Silicon Valley has been setting the tone for a good 10 years - and by doing so, they also determine the rules a bit. Facebook CEO Marc Zuckerberg or Googles Larry Page have nothing left of suits or ties. Nobody wears ties in this Startup Wonderland! If you come from the proverbial garage or at least a backyard, you’ll still be wearing flip-flops and T-shirts as a made man. On festive occasions, a maximum of a white shirt is endeavored. Thus, the new billionaires start against the old economy, also demonstrating fashionably, to whom the future belongs.
Even the bosses of large corporations such as Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche or Siemens boss Joe Kaeser adapt to the new spirit and leave the tie at home during public appearances every now and then.
It’s similar in politics. I think the omission of the tie is not a short-lived fad. In ten years at the latest, it should not be seen at all. At most, in particularly conservative industries, the tie will still hold. Our fast-paced time calls for new ideas. The tie just does not fit anymore.
At first, the tie supplemented the pompous robes of the European aristocracy, Honoré de Balzac raised it around 1830 as the symbol of a better society (“La cravate, c’est l’homme”), and the fashion-loving dandies adored it. Later, it became indispensable for the global “business look”. With suit, shirt and tie, 100 years ago, the office workers deliberately sat down and distinguished themselves from the blue-collar men in the factory. This made it clear at first glance who had to get their hands dirty at work - and who made it. In the 60s, the tie was a must for everyone, including the students. The Beatles revolutionized the music with the tie. Even during ’68, protests were initially seen with people in their suit and ties on the barricades. Only later did the tie represent the epitome of the hated establishment.
However, the young entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley today signal, especially to bankers, lawyers and investors with their casual appearance: “You are nothing special, just because you wear a suit and tie”. Those who want to lift the world, need Courage and strength - but no tie.
Apart from bank branches and confirmation ceremonies, ties have disappeared from our everyday lives. Just open it up, see the tie as a neon-colored unique feature, not as a serious fashion option.
Finally, here is a piece of advice to all the executive wives: Free yourself and your men, unless you are the wife of Don Draper in “Mad Men” (wearing a tie) or Barney Stinson in “How I Met Your Mother” (also wearing a tie). Then you can enthusiastically cheer on or even celebrate the outfits of these characters and become of fan of Stinson’s “Suit Up!” a now household word among viewers.
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