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Workplace Trends: Say Goodbye To the Necktie

Are you a guy who still wears a necktie? Wow, you sure are old fashioned, aren't you?

The British Media are reporting the death of the necktie at work. The only place you're gonna see one in 20 years is at a museum. The trend is so pervasive that even high-powered CEOs are going for the casual look these days. Casual Friday is now on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday AND Friday!

According to Britain's Daily Telegraph:
THE corporate necktie could join corsets, top hats and coattails as a thing of the past with the workplace moving to more casual dressing, according to a recent poll.

The rise of "creative industries" is driving the trend, the reported, with almost three-quarters surveyed saying ties would become obsolete within 20 years.

Just under a quarter of those surveyed by -a UK deals site for small business - even put the tie's demise in under a decade.

CALL (sorry, can't help myself) it the "Steve Jobs effect" or blame the "Creative Class," but the tie-less trend is totally not surprising. It's been looming ever since the late 1990s when every other teevee commercial was a twee "Everyone In Khaki" Gap ad targeted at lazy Gen Xers. You mean I get to be a totally unqualified VP of marketing at age 27, I'll receive $1 million in stock options even though our dotcom is bleeding money, I can bring my drooling dog to work, AND I don't have to wear a necktie? Show me to my corner office, and I'll land us a story in a 10-lbs. national business magazine!

Gosh, pants were baggy back then. Those were the days, though. Now get off my lawn.


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