Since school, I have eschewed the striped tie on the grounds that whenever I see someone wearing one, I wonder to which School, Association or Regiment he is aligning himself. I have always been slightly disappointed, for some unknown reason, when it turns out that the tie is simply of a design to which the wearer is fond.
I have therefore avoided wearing them because I do not wish to look like I am trying to belong to something when I do not, and also because I don't want to keep fielding questions about it.
Am I being completely ridiculous about this? Do striped-tie wearers feel that they are often asked about the origins of their ties?
Thanks for your help!