Truly disheartening trend piece from Crain’s Chicago Business about the state of business attire. It seems wearing suits sans necktie is now not so subtly being favored, but outright requested at events:
“Business attire, no ties” reads the invitation for the second annual Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center Momentum Awards Dinner Wednesday night at Millennium Park.
For the stylish executive, what does “business attire, no tie” mean? “A dark suit, no tie and a white shirt,” said John Jones, partner at George Greene menswear boutique on Oak Street. “Not a patterned shirt, white. It’s of the moment.” Why no ties? “Literally, they want you to be unbuttoned.”
Sadly, I imagine this isn’t just common practice in the Windy City. It’s one thing if people are working in a decidedly casual workplace, but I just find the concept of “business attire, no tie” as particularly distasteful. Why not demand white crew socks with Teva sandals be worn with the chalk-stripe double-breasted?
The article postulates the sorrowful trend comes from the tech sector, with everyone looking to be taken more seriously while dressed down — perhaps throwing an orphaned suit jacket on over a graphic T-shirt and jeans. Lots favor it, but I find it really incoherent to blend tailored clothing with what is essentially streetwear.
I understand the need for people wanting to blend in and dress to the occasion and invitation, however, as Capt. Picard once said, “The line must be drawn HERE!” At some point we need to stand up to ridiculous, made-up dress codes and say, “I will wear something appropriate, but I won’t cater to someone’s idea of fashion without taste.”
It’s the only way to prevent ourselves from becoming complicit in this blasphemy:
“Our black tie is no tie.”
The sartorial legends stir in their graves.