Thinking this thread could turn @in stitches to the stripe side...
im already down with stripes. my last 3 tie kops were stripes.
Depends a bit on what your college colors are. Two of my graduate degrees, including my doctorate, are from a school whose colors are orange and black, which is fine for Halloween, but otherwise ...
It's not always the colours that are the problem, but the arrangement. One tie I'm entitled to wear is particularly busy. I've solved this by also buying a Polo knockoff which features the same distinctive stripes in a more harmonious arrangement. If someone challenges me on it I've the perfect excuse.
In the arts/humanities, though at this point I’ve published in a few areas outside my nominal field (e.g., I’ve published in history, though my appointment is not in the history department, and in philosophy of science, though my appointment is neither in philosophy or a science). It’s actually pretty common once one has reached a certain age and point in one's career to find that one’s research interests have broadened considerably compared to where one started out, especially if one is in the arts/humanities.
Yes. This gets at the heart of the difference, I think. In Britain such ties are understood to be part of a uniform, whereas in the US they're just another item of apparel.
No American would dream of wearing a military dress uniform to which he was not entitled, it's just that ties aren't, for the most part, considered to be a defining part of the uniform.
I know this wasn't directed at me, but it would be seen as bad form for a Limey to do this over here (to put it mildly). Flying under false colours, and colours where the people who qualify to wear them are often prepared to put their lives on the line in defence of the country. (Not a judgment about the use of striped ties State-side (see Ac).)
Which is a shame, as I rather like the WASP-ish use of the striped tie.
Funnily enough, one of the most distinguished fellows at my College advised me not to wear the College tie other than on College occasions. He thought it gauche.
Very different attitude if you have military colours, although Michael Heseltine (an elder statesman of the Thatcher Cabinet) was criticised for being rather too eager to wear his Guards tie in civilian life.
Wearing a non-affiliated striped tie would just provoke bemusement.