mb88 wrote:While we're at it:
No, skinny ties are not appropriate either.
Really? I mean, obnoxiously skinny is one thing, but what about 2.5" at the bottom? What about the occasional knit tie? Obviously I wouldn't push the envelope during an interview or an important meeting with a client, but do firms really dislike associates showing any personality at all?
There are degrees of everything. For example, another poster mentioned wanting a skinny tie to offset his small stature. That's appropriate, so long as the tie is matching his size. To better illustrate what I mean:
You don't always have to wear something as thick as this:
Something a little smaller is perfectly fine, like this:
However, there is a modern trend where young men like to wear very thin ties, such as this dumb ass:
Or this guy:
Those types of "skinny ties" are very popular with suits and outfits worn to clubs and to parties. While they may be appropriate there (although I find them deplorable anywhere
), they are certainly not
appropriate in a business setting.
Men's (hell, AND women's) business fashion is conservative, whether one likes it or not. It does not follow trends (or does very slowly; how long have suspenders been trying to make a comeback?) and it is not designed to help you show your individuality. At its core it is designed to make you look intelligent, clean, and to not make your colleagues think you're a huge douche bag.