August 26th, 2011
07:00 AM ET
In a world where children's lingerie is acceptable and no one bats an eye at a man with black eyeliner (we’re looking at you, Russell Brand and Johnny Depp), even the most fashion-illiterate male knows to follow a few rules: don't fasten the bottom button of your suit jacket, always match the color of your belt to the color of your shoes and never wear white socks with black pants. NEVER. In recent years, however, other articles of clothing have moved into the glaring spotlight of the fashion police, including the tie.
Some have said that the tie makes the man. But when you're a man who represents an entire country, the seemingly monotonous job of picking out some neck bling in the AM becomes a lot more important than, say, the man-sandals debate. Suddenly, the president's decision to wear red with white dots instead of blue with grey stripes is taken a lot more seriously. And though there are some who'd argue that it's a tie-ersome subject or isn’t suitable for discussion (puns intended), there's no denying that it’s an intriguing topic. In fact, entire websites, like neckofstate.com, are dedicated to the analysis of presidential neckties.
So what do you think? Does the tie make the man? Or should we just clip the tie (whoops! we meant nip the tie) talk in the bud?
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