Whatever happened to neckties? They seem to be getting short shrift these days.
Just check out the cable news shows, where the male pundits are likely to be tie-less. Their shirts are worn with open collars under business suits. It’s a look that seems to say that ties — and their pleasant touch of color, pattern and fun — are no longer in style. I hope that’s not the case, for I am all for neckties on men.
When I used to appear on the shopping channels in live shows, the producers always wanted me to wear a suit without a tie. But that just wasn’t me. So like Frank Sinatra, I did it my way and wore my signature wide scarf, knotted in tie fashion.
If you are reading this, you men of the television screens, I hope you’ll pay no attention to the dictate that says eschewing a tie gives you a more down-to-earth appeal. I say that’s nonsense. Who doesn’t look good in a tie? Deck yourself out with one in your favorite style, and you really can’t go wrong.
When I’m out for the evening in Palm Beach, I always get a kick out of seeing guys in colorful bow ties. Light blues, melons and yellows all say Palm Beach is back in session for the season.
In decorating, I think the equivalent of a bow tie is the drapery tieback. And I’m happy to report that the latter remain popular, whether the look is casual, formal or in between.
I love the beach-house look of white linen curtains tied back with hemp or knotted rope — very nautical-looking. And there are many Palm Beachers who tie back their drawing room draperies with silk cords and tassels. Such an elegant choice.
Tassels, in fact, have experienced a renaissance of sorts, from tassel rugs to tassel earrings. I even designed a silk scarf with tassels as the pattern’s main motif. And tassel loafers never seem to go out of style.
So here’s a toast to men, suits and neckties. I am from the generation of handsome ties and tucked-in shirts, although I see all around me members of the untucked generation. But you can be sure of this: I’ll keep on tucking!