Preachers: Time to Ditch the Tie
Without much regret I gave up wearing a tie while I preach several months ago. Hardly anyone in my church cared or noticed (with the exception of one anonymous hate letter in the offering plate).
After reading this article on the front page of the Wall Street Journal I now feel justified in my decision. Apparently after 60 years, the Men’s Dress Furnishings Association, the trade group that represents American tie makers, plans on shutting down operations on Thursday.
The article reports that a recent Gallup Poll revealed the number of men who wore ties every day to work last year dropped to a record low of 6%.
Perhaps this quote explains it all:
Some members of the neckwear association sensed the trend two years ago when, at the group’s annual luncheon in New York, a number of people turned up tieless.
While I realize a few contexts may still require some to continue wearing a tie, I think it’s time to put the paisley pinchers and skinny stranglers away.
But the bigger question remains – what to do about Father’s Day?