Originally Posted by MalfordOfLondon
Why are you wearing a black tie?
Because I happen to like black? Because all rules are made to be broken now and again? Because I live and work in a professional culture (architecture/interior design) in which dressing entirely within the realm of CBD can actually be detrimental to one's reputation as a 'creative'.Or, most importantly, when making a design presentation which includes hundreds, if not thousands, of colors and textures mounted inside of 50 custom made black leather presentation boxes it seems appropriate and desirable to add not even a hint of 'personal color' to the presentation.
As a matter of fact our employment contracts actually state the following attire for design presentations: Two piece suit, black or gray, white shirt, black or gray based tie with minimal pattern, black or gray socks and black shoes. No jewelry, including watches, of any sort other than wedding band and cufflinks without stones. I know this sounds rediculous. But we have found over the years that the rules for what is proper in various parts of the world are just too varied and thus we have found we are more successful if we specifically dress to 'remove' our attire from the equation during design presentations. When one is making a presentation in which one has invested nearly a million dollars of time and material cost it only seems wise to dress to receed. Given the fact that we are the world's leading firm at what we do, and that we employee 700 design professionals around the world I think one must respect that our methods are successful, if a bit annoying at times.
Sorry to sound so snarky. I do completely understand the hatred of black around here. And that it is 'sartorially improper' during the day. But I do also contend there are occasions where rules can be broken both appropriately and successfully.
For the record this 'ensemble' for me would be a medium gray flannel suit, white shirt, black grenadine tie, black and white plaid silk square (which is technically not allowed), black socks with white pindots, and black shoes.