Casual Tie Day

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw today that Tie Society started following my blog today. Then I was embarrassed, because I realized how long it had been since I’d updated.

For those of you who don’t know, Tie Society is basically a service like Netflix for neckwear. I wouldn’t feel comfortable endorsing anything (and it would be meaningless if I were to do so), but I’ve been using this service since late last year and have enjoyed it a great deal. It’s also allowed me to engage in a fun routine, one which would allow for a little more self-expression and which now makes for a decent menswear-related blog post.

Since I work for a small company, our office environment is rather casual, which is pleasant most of the time, but is paradoxically restrictive when it comes to clothing. Collars and non-denim pants are a must, but my coworkers look askance at a blazer and consider ties anathema. When I was teaching, not only did I get to express myself sartorially a bit more but it also made sense to turn out well to exude the sense of authority one needs when students literally look down on one.

(One is me. I’m short. Keep up.)

So when I started working for my current employer, I felt hemmed in by this unspoken edict. Every once in a while, I’d get to go on a business trip or to a meeting that would let me break out a suit, but for the most part, my closet languished in disuse. That’s when I decided that I’d repurpose a classic workplace tradition.

Casual Tie Day

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14 December 2012, Striped gray wool

The idea is pretty simple: Throw on some jeans, put on a tie. Combine the freedom of switching to jeans with the freedom of tying a strap around my neck.

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21 December 2012, Knit brown silk

The only guiding factors were to honestly keep it casual, but formal ties probably wouldn’t pair well with jeans anyway, so that seemed like a foregone conclusion.

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28 December 2012, Plaid cotton bow tie
I left my cardigan off for the picture, so please pardon my nudity and my unshaven neck. What a disgusting sight.

I decided to keep taking pictures in order to watch my progression, what direction this fun exercise would take me.

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11 January 2013, Blue commandant crest (courtesy of Tie Society)

Friends of mine gave me a gift membership to Tie Society, so this tradition of mine seemed like a perfect way to use it.

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18 January 2013, Hamilton plaid (courtesy of Tie Society)

I liked it so much that I decided to go ahead and sign up for a permanent subscription to the service.

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25 January 2013, Striped (Original Penguin)

And that’s everything from inception through the end of January. I’ll try to keep this going as long as I can and maybe throw a roundup on here every now and then. Elsewhere I post pictures each Friday though, if you’re impatient for some reason. Overall, though, I’ll try to make content a bit less sparse on here in the near future.

Just keep finding ways to express yourself through whatever means are at your disposal.

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