Originally Posted by Arrogant Bastard
T&A ties are not everyone's taste. Personally speaking, I love the prints and color choices. They add just the right amount of splash to an otherwise conservative outfit, while managing to look smart and not gaudy. Thickness and material varies by line, in my experience, but the typically thick T&A tie is just fine by me. It will soften over time, btw. The quality is excellent, regardless of one's assessment of the style.
Past the plainest, ties aren't supposed to be for everyone. There's a belief on here that unless a shirt and tie combination is universally worshiped, it's invalid. Nothing could be further from the truth and it reveals considerable ignorance concerning what ties are supposed to accomplish. Ties are sometimes supposed to assist a person in hiding, but here you can find people who feel so insecure they want to hide all the time. Anyway, how people react to ties definitely defines who they are, who they think they are and who they want to be.