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One of my favorite ties; Tweety, Daffy and friends. Ties

I don’t like neckties. I’ve worn them to work and for dressy occasions for decades, but I never liked them. So imagine my shock when I heard myself thinking recently: “Why don’t those jokers put on ties?” At the time, I was looking at a picture of world-famous leaders attending a recent conference and walking across a grassy lawn in a line wearing dark suits, white shirts, and no ties. It could not have been a coincidence because they were dressed identically. Normally, they would all have been wearing dark suits and ties but this time no ties. What gives? Apparently, according to a growing number of press articles, the tie is dead.

If the tie is dead (and that’s a big “if”), I should be happy because I hate ties, right? But I’m not happy, and here’s the problem. When I see the president of the United States or the chairman of Morgan Stanley wearing suits that look like they cost $2,500 and white shirts that probably cost $250 and no tie, I think they look, well, kinda silly. After all, the featureless dark suit and starched white shirt were designed as a setup for a tie. The suit and shirt are like the frame for a painting or the cone for a scoop of ice cream. Would you hang a picture frame on the wall with no picture in it or hand someone an ice cream cone without a scoop of mint chocolate chip? Of course not.

So, there are two ways to deal with this crisis. The one I prefer is to get rid of the dark suits and white shirts along with the tie. The problem with that approach is that there are a lot of wealthy, trend-setting folks with closets filled with $2,500 suits, and throwing the suits out won’t sit well with them.

So here is another approach. We should look at the disappearance of the tie as an opportunity. Let’s hang something else where the tie used to go. Now we’re getting someplace! The possibilities are endless. Here are some idea starters, men, for things we can hang around our necks in place of the neckties.

Photos of the kids Diamond-studded smartphones Colorful water bottles Traffic tickets Baseballs autographed by our favorite stars Antler racks of the largest deer we bagged Designer stethoscopes Fly-fishing lanyards complete with snippets, tippet, and flies Boy Scout merit badges, etc.

This blog article from Wells Fargo Daily Advantage of 10/25/13 and written by Peter Nulty, editor.

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