The red tie thing is fascinating isn't it. First criticism I ever heard (read) was Manton's. he said something like red ties are hard to get right or pull off or some such SF jargon. I think that might have morphed into "red ties are malum in se" but I don't think that was his intent. I took his point to be that a guy risks wearing a bad ensemble with a true red tie, so it's better not to risk it. A sort of prophylactic malum prohibitum then. If so, then it's a fair discussion of when a red tie can be worn successfully, however rarely (according to that mindset). But the groupthink sometimes is just anti red tie. For me, I like red ties in theory, but I will admit that whole infiltrating, SF brainwashing thing does give me pause when reaching for one in the morning. That said, black/white glen plaid resolving to gray and a basic white shirt . . . looks good to me!
You have probably captured it pretty well. Whether it originated with Manton or not I haven't been around long enough to tell. Be that as it may, it seems the red tie meets with the derision of most, if not all, SF elders and many others as well. No skin off my back though, I will keep wearing them (along with the navies, burgundys, blacks, etc).
Thanks for the comment.
Edited by pinkpanther - 9/4/13 at 7:47am