Recently, I heard on CNN (my all-time favorite network—don’t judge me), this multi-billionaire mogul discussed his hatred for ties and if someone walked into his office wearing one he would literally cut it off with scissors! I immediately turned around in disbelief and yelled at the TV, “Are you serious?!”

This is a true story. In my opinion, seeing a man, or a woman for that matter, in a great tie exudes confidence. Ties can be worn in all facets of life—weddings, drinks with friends, dates, and dare I say, business meetings! I mean really, why wouldn’t you wear a tie to a business meeting?

Now don’t get me wrong, there are some hideous ties out there. Steer clear of anything with cartoon characters on them. They are not cute! I don’t care who gave them to you. If you are afraid of hurting their feelings, I would rather you frame them, just don’t wear them.

But in all seriousness, ties are an essential piece of every man’s wardrobe. They are no longer only worn by Mr. Anderson (the Matrix—by the way, I love movies, so I reference them often) or corporate drones. They come in all different colors, with different patterns and textures. They are a brilliant way to gussy up an outfit. And they don’t have to be expensive! Some of my husband’s favorite ties are from thrift stores. You really can’t go wrong with a great tie paired with an equally fun and amazing pocket square. And if a hippy billionaire comes near you with scissors, punch him in the face. He obviously doesn’t spend any of his money on his attire.

Illustrations by Cameron Knight

Tie inspired by General Knot & Co.

About Ivy Knight

I’ll be writting in from time to time to give you guys a little perspective from the not-so-girly women’s side. Just think of me as the girl bestfriend that you can ask for advice and get the truth, not some fable from one of your homeboys. Feel free to ask me some questions and I’ll try my best to answer them.