I am okay with being labeled a dandy; even though I was not acquainted with the term until recently. According to dictionary.com, a dandy is “a man unduly devoted to style, neatness, and fashion in dress and appearance. Synonyms include fop, beau, man about town, bright young thing, glamour boy, and rake. The informal definition refers to something that is “an excellent thing of its kind.”
Call me old-fashioned, but I like to look my best. Growing up I was taught that my best included a coat, a pressed shirt, pressed pants, shiny shoes and a matching tie. Sometimes even a pocket square will enhance the ensemble. Granted, there is a time and place for everything. Going outside to mow the lawn probably doesn’t warrant a three-piece suit. However, anyone in the business world working on that ever-famous first impression wouldn’t show up to a meet-and-greet wearing a Hanes t-shirt and a pair of Levi’s.
One trend I have seen over the last 10 years is that many guys have abandoned the one thing that makes a dandy, well, a dandy-the tie. Lewis Grizzard once said, “I thought only men wore ties to make up for the fact we don’t have to get pregnant.” It seems that Mr. Grizzard’s observation represents the sentiments of many men today.
Former political advisor Peta Credlin has a different opinion. She states, “Maybe you can get away with it if you’re a start-up wunderkind just learning to shave, but if you’re a Prime Minister expecting the support of middle Australia, then respect their code of propriety and wear a tie.”
According to thenewdaily.com, Tyrone Blade, of Gentlemen Outfitters, said ties were selling well – but the reason people were buying them had changed. “I believe it’s one of those things for the dandy, the peacock. It’s not a necessary item anymore. They’re being worn less at work and more for an occasion. They’ve become a `want’ item rather than a `need’ item.’’
As a self-proclaimed “dandy” or “peacock,” I implore all men to treat ties as an item that they need to want. When a man walks into a room with his shirt collar “flying away” from his neck, the image connotes an air of apathy. A shirt collar that is disciplined by a smooth, occasion-appropriate tie connotes an air of organization and self-respect. Wear a tie. It will be fine and dandy.