Necktie rentals -- the cure for decision anxiety???

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Workbee, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Workbee

    Workbee Commander Red Shirt

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    Neckties!

    Anybody else here have to wear a tie where they work?

    Over the past two or three years, I have seen a few necktie rental services pop up on the net. Fresh Necks, Tie Society and The Tie Guy are some examples. I am wondering what people think of these services. Would many people consider using this kind of service? The idea seems to have some merit, being able to have access to a greater variety without having to purchase every tie.

    While wearing a rental tie doesn't necessarily seem like the way to impress people, I like the idea of being able to try wearing different ties before buying one. I've bought ties that I thought I would love when looking at them in the store, only to leave on the back of my tie rack after wearing once. Its really only after wearing one a few times, and not having people tell me to bury it somewhere, that I begin to really feel comfortable with a tie.

    Anyone share this, or am I just crazy? If anyone has used one of these services I would especially love to hear from them.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Locutus of Bored

    Locutus of Bored Co-Founder of ISIS Moderator

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    I'm not an Armani type of guy, so my price range for ties may be set a bit lower than others, but are ties really so expensive now that you can't just buy several to cover most occasions without getting one from Rent-a-Swag and risking secondhand necksweat?

    Besides, I'm one of those fashion heathens who wants to see their useless kind eventually be eliminated for good, not to have ties continue to be thrust upon the necks of hardworking men and lesbian talk show hosts like silk and cotton anchors for rent, dragging us inexorably down into an oblivion of pointless decorative accoutrements.

    * Somewhere, Holdfast just wept a single tear for mankind, like a white guy playing a Native American in a 70s anti-littering commercial.
    "And he piled upon the unencumbered white neck the sum of all the rage and hate felt by fashionistas everywhere. If his chest had been a Tim Gunn, he would have shot his heart upon it."
    ----- Locutus of Bored, misquoting Locutus of Borg, who in turn grossly misquoted Moby Dick.
     
  3. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    ^ Your posts are like quilts. :techman:
     
  4. SmoothieX

    SmoothieX Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I only wear ties for job interviews and public hearings. It only took 7 years of college, but I won the right to wear jeans and boots and yet my day inside.
     
  5. Darth Duck

    Darth Duck Commodore Commodore

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    I love my ties. I have no reason to wear them, but you can amass a pretty good collection from second hand shops. Novelty ties, wedding ties (worn once).
     
  6. SmoothieX

    SmoothieX Vice Admiral Admiral

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    ^Perfunctory gifts from extended family also help one amass quite a few.
     
  7. Darth Duck

    Darth Duck Commodore Commodore

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    I know! I get it, our family has a tartan. How many ties with the same tartan do I need?
     
  8. iguana_tonante

    iguana_tonante Admiral Admiral

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    I wear a tie because I want to, not because I need to. :borg:

    Now, silliness aside: I don't wear a tie at work everyday, but I often do, especially when I give seminars or some other kind of public events.

    I like good quality stuff but I'm not obsessed with designer clothes, so I usually buy them at small stores and tailor's shops and they are pretty cheap (lower pricing around €15-20). The selection might not be wide or current, but I almost exclusively wear solid-coloured ties, so that's not an issue. I was able to get a pretty large collection without going bankrupt.

    So, I don't really see the point of renting them.
     
  9. JoeZhang

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    As a fellow academic, I only wear a tie at graduation and when I'm doing paid consultancy for people who expect to see you wearing a tie...
     
  10. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

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    I haven't worn a tie in about 3 years. I pretty much only wear them at weddings.
     
  11. Kirby

    Kirby Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I HATE ties. Fortunately I don't have to wear them at work except for maybe 4-5 times per year for special meetings or VIPs.
     
  12. iguana_tonante

    iguana_tonante Admiral Admiral

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    I don't get the hate against ties. I like ties.
     
  13. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

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    I like ties sometimes, but I would really annoyed if I was obligated to wear them al the time.
     
  14. iguana_tonante

    iguana_tonante Admiral Admiral

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    You are obligated to wear pants all the time. Do you resent them, too? :p
     
  15. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

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    Sometimes. :shifty:

    But pants are useful. I can't really function without my pockets.

    Plus I wear shorts to work 75% of the year.
     
  16. Locutus of Bored

    Locutus of Bored Co-Founder of ISIS Moderator

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    Ties are the devil's noose!
     
  17. Coloratura

    Coloratura Snuggle Princess Premium Member

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    I own one tie, and it's a clip-on.
     
  18. iguana_tonante

    iguana_tonante Admiral Admiral

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    That why you need a man-purse. ;)

    Sometimes I wear shorts at work, too. If it's hot and I am going to code all day/do menial stuff, I can't see why I should suffer for no reason.

    Also, bermuda shorts with a nice short-sleeved shirt and boat shoes is totally appropriate summer attire in Italy.
     
  19. teacake

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    Ties at their best are an accent, like a scarf only less in the way.

    But if you actually think about them as a requirement to dress they are pretty stupid :lol:

    Still, best to treat them as a creative expression if you cannot escape them. Women look hot in ties rather often :adore:
     
  20. iguana_tonante

    iguana_tonante Admiral Admiral

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    Aw come on.

    Oh yes. Yes.