When was the last time you wore a tie?
Corporate dress codes are changing.
And you've probably noticed it.
You may have also noticed that the tie days are over.
Pay close attention during your morning commute to your office or even at the beginning of your 5-minute stroll to your favourite sushi shop for lunch. There's only a handful of men wearing ties left in this world.
Most men working in the city or in any kind of corporate or professional environment do not wear ties anymore.
Because corporate dress codes are dropping. There's no known reason for why this is. But we can only speculate.
Perhaps it's due to the millennials. More and more millennials are occupying the job space and most millennials see business casual as a major benefit compared to a formal business dress code.
Maybe it's an attempt at the "work-life balance" movement by slowly moulding together what we wear on the weekend with what we used to wear 9-5. Thus, how "business casual" was created.
There may be a collapse in corporate dress codes, but that doesn't mean we should stop paying attention to what we wear. It's in changes like these when still looking professional is more than crucial than it was before.
No matter what the reason is, it doesn't matter too much. What matters is these 2 questions:
- What is the new corporate dress code?
- What does a professional image mean and how do we maintain it without a tie?
1. What is the new corporate dress code?
In short, the most popular new corporate dress code is "business casual".
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In the eBook here's how we define business casual:
- Do Not wear a full suit with matching jacket and trousers
- Do Not wear denim jeans (that's smart casual)
- Leather shoes are a MUST
Here are 3 basic business casual corporate outfits that you can copy and customise:
The most prominent yet versatile suits that you can own are your charcoals greys, navy's and indigo suits. I wouldn't recommend black suits for corporate as they're usually reserved for more formal occasions and they're by far the hardest colour to mix and match with.
2. What does a "professional image" mean?
A professional and presentable image means that your clothes are cleanly pressed with minimal wrinkles, conservative colours compared to your fluro yellows, blues and greens and clothing that fits the wearer.
Thus, the reason why men and women in the military wear cleanly pressed uniforms typically in the neutral colours of navy, black or khaki. Standard uniforms that appear to be clean and coordinated.
Having one of these three listed descriptions violated results in a less professional image.
How do we remain presentable and looking professional in business casual?
With the above-mentioned criteria, we can remain to look professional even without a tie.
- Clothes pressed with no wrinkles
- Coordinate with neutral colours
- Only don attire that fits
But don't get us wrong. There are still situations when you should don a tie. For instance, during job interviews, it is paramount to wear a tie unless specifically told not to.
We recommend entering the interview in business formal and upon arriving taking notice of what most men are wearing. Especially what recruiters and management are wearing. Remove articles of clothing such as your tie, undoing your top button and even removing your jacket if necessary.
The point of corporate wear is to enable men and women to look professional.
The point of corporate wear is to enable men and women to look professional. Due to the decline in ties and general professional dress codes in offices, having cleanly pressed clothing, that fits well and coordinated with neutral and professional colours has never been more important.
We'd also like to mention that the tie isn't absolutely obsolete. It's merely underused due to the change in the formality of corporate dress codes. Business casual is becoming the new norm for daily work wear and includes the exclusion of ties. But because corporate dress codes are declining, this doesn't permit us to be daggy.
So getting back to our initial question:
When was the last time you wore a tie?
Do you think you'll still be wearing a tie in the next 5, 10 or 20 years?
Tell us what you think by shooting a comment down below.