In Which I Rant About Thin Ties

August 11, 2009

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I’ve been wondering if there’s a correlation between the moderate success of Mad Men and the resurgence of the thin tie. According to The Wall Street Journal there is (roughly). It’s perhaps one of the few consequences of  the show that I dislike. Besides the fact that it seems like a rather impermanent trend, the thin ties minimize the color of the suits, and I like that color. I think the tie allows a suit wearer to get a little creative and even perhaps make a statement. It also distracts from the drab variety of suit colors. There are so many blacks and gray suits out there, a prominent colorful tie livens the outfit up a bit.

And think about how prominent the ties are on the show where the main characters are always wearing suits. It’s hard to remember if Roger Sterling or Don wore a nice tie. That’s probably because the ties are so thin, like small colored or dark lines, they’re hardly noticeable. In my opinion it’s one of the drawbacks of 60s style.

Via a friend, it seems that the thin tie is helpful for men who are a bit shorter. Well, so maybe they’re not all useless but still, I’m not a fan of these slim ties.

I just hope this is one of those things that are popular for about five minutes and then unpopular for an eternity.

Post Script: Don’t worry, there will be much more blogging about the actual show when the season starts up.

—Daniel

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3 Responses to “In Which I Rant About Thin Ties”

  1. Jeremy R. Levine said

    Just to add my own two cents, I think that the thin ties–both in the show and in general–have a slimming effect. Like the tapered suit jackets, it makes the men look much more fit than all the harm the smoking and drinking would undoubtedly do to their bodies.

    What is interesting also about Mad Men fashion is how skinny ties were already on the rise before Mad Men first aired, though women’s fashions have reacted to the shows popularity. Banana Republic’s new line for women is all about high skirts and other trends plucked from the show.

  2. I like thin ties. I think it takes the focus away from the tie and onto the person’s facial features and other pieces of clothing. for too long too much emphasis has been on ties!

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