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    Got dissed about my tie

    Wearing a blue blazer, tan slacks, loafers, light blue checked button down shirt with a solid colored knit tie from Lands End yesterday and a woman at my job says "I want to get you a new tie - what is that?"

    My office is casual, so it's not like the problem was I was too casual. She thinks knit ties are strange. But she's from Eastern Europe and dressed sort of flashy/informal, so I think I'm going to ignore her taste.

    #2
    Boo. Knit ties were made for checked shirts.

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      #3
      LOL - knit isn't flashy enough for her, eh?

      Sorry you had to hear someone's *unsolicited* negative feedback on your getup. It'd be different if you had asked her for her opinion. Even then... kind of a rude way to put it.

      I think that many folks - Eastern European and otherwise - are just so used to a more traditional *dress*(?) tie style, that the knit (squared-off at the bottom, I presume?) just throws them for a loop.

      Personally, I like the look, in certain settings, and with other certain wardrobe looks. I've worn one with a casual blazer, button-up (maybe button-down too - can't recall), and jeans. It certainly has a more relaxed, casual tone to it, but as you say your office is casual. If it's anything like *my* casual office, you were probably the best-dressed person in the joint; aside from Miss Flashy, that is.

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        #4
        Eh, take it as a compliment of the rest of your outfit. Sounds like she likes everything but the tie, and with something edgier/trendier like a square knit, you're not gonna please 'em all.

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          #5
          If there's anyone that knows about style it's Eastern Europeans.

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            #6
            That's very generous of her. Tell her you'll take her up on her offer. But you need to be careful and set some boundaries--be sure she understands that you have impeccable standards and no tie under $200 will do.

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              #7
              Originally posted by JT10000 View Post
              She thinks knit ties are strange. But she's from Eastern Europe and dressed sort of flashy/informal, so I think I'm going to ignore her taste.
              With apologies to the Eastern Europeans on this board, your brief description of her is unsurprising. I've known a lot of Eastern Europeans who prefer a flashy, almost gaudy, aesthetic. To each their own, but in this case I think it's safe to assume you and she are speaking different sartorial languages. Nothing about your outfit sounds the least bit unsual.

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                #8
                Originally posted by heister View Post
                Track suits?
                LMAO good one
                "The key to Success is the Quality of Execution"
                I>0<I

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                  #9
                  JT10000, I've been heckled before for wearing longwings brogues (the horror!) to work. Some people feel a strong need to share their opinion about style, especially if they feel that they have a fashion sense. Shrug it off, bud. You looked great.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Idle_Hands View Post
                    With apologies to the Eastern Europeans on this board, your brief description of her is unsurprising. I've known a lot of Eastern Europeans who prefer a flashy, almost gaudy, aesthetic. To each their own, but in this case I think it's safe to assume you and she are speaking different sartorial languages. Nothing about your outfit sounds the least bit unsual.
                    I have to agree with this statement. There are a lot of rich 1st/2nd generation Eastern-Europeans in my area and they tend to dress very flashy with a lot of gold and a lot of perfume/cologne. Also, I assume knit ties are from English/American origin and therefore are not prominent in Eastern Europe.

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                      #11
                      I've spent a little time in the Czech Republic and Poland, and to be honest, most Czechs and Poles I encountered were better-dressed than the average American.
                      Ben

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
                        I've spent a little time in the Czech Republic and Poland, and to be honest, most Czechs and Poles I encountered were better-dressed than the average American.
                        I believe that. But my co-worker is from former part of the USSR. Plus we're based in NYC (midtown, just off Fifth Avenue) so the standard around here is higher than average American.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
                          I've spent a little time in the Czech Republic and Poland, and to be honest, most Czechs and Poles I encountered were better-dressed than the average American.
                          That's probably true of a lot of European countries, though.

                          There can also be differences in mores b/t emigrants (and their descendants) and natives. The Jersey Shore aesthetic derives in part from Italian-American culture but is, presumably, light years away from most of actual Italian culture.

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                            #14
                            Don't worry about it man. At the place where I interned I got heckled all the time for wearing a scarf when it was cold outside or wearing a cardigan. People are always going to find things that they don't like about your outfit. A girl I worked with in college hated bright socks and would criticize me any time I wore socks that didn't match my pants perfectly. Of course most of the time I saw her, she was in nike tempo shorts or sweats with a t shirt so she shouldn't really be criticizing people on their wardrobe choices. I've learned to ignore it because I know that I look good and 99% of the people I know like the way I dress.

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                              #15
                              Let her buy you the damned tie. I'd like to see what she picks out.

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