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The ties that bind

Several months ago, I was walking from Liverpool Street station to Moorgate on the way to an appointment. It was a typically busy lunchtime and there were plenty of men about.  I started to contemplate the number of men wearing ties. I don’t know exactly why I decided to do this – it’s just the way my mind works I guess. Taking a rough straw poll found that the number was less than ten in a sample of over 200. That’s quite a change in the perceived trend for looking more formal at work.

A quick google of the subject brings up a number of articles on the etiquette of wearing ties.  Some of these err on the traditional, others on the dress-down or smart-casual revolution. So it’s fair to say the current etiquette is confusing at the least.

Are men still wearing ties?

Three weeks ago, when the hot weather struck, the Speaker of the House of Commons made an announcement that male MPs were no longer required to wear a tie whilst in the Chamber. At around the same time the powers-that-be at Royal Ascot broke with tradition and said that men may remove their jackets if the heat rose above a tolerable temperature.  Wimbledon however  stuck to their guns.  They said that male guests in the Royal Box would remain in jackets and ties.

Cool and smart
Wimbledon themed showroom window
Eveleigh & Read Wimbledon-themed showroom window

Last week, when our window reflected a Wimbledon theme, I decided to play ball and added a tie to the ensemble. But what we want our customers to see is that it is still possible to keep cool and smart by wearing a light-coloured, Irish linen jacket. And yes I know that linen creases, it’s supposed too. That’s perfectly OK.

Paul Read, Head Tailor, Eveleigh & Read