The tie is perhaps the last item of clothing on which the sexes divide. Nowadays, men often only wear them because they have to. Women always because they want to. The classification of the tie as a sign of masculinity is invalid anyway.
An accessory trend with a history: How style icons turned the tie into a fashion statement
Occasionally a dandy rocker in a thin tie struts virile across a stage. But otherwise? Corporate bosses wear a jacket T-Shirt, Film stars accept awards with open shirt collars, football managers have considered the silk scarf to be an acceptable lift on the sidelines since Jogi Löw and at the latest since Donald Trump has been demonstrating every day that of all civilizing achievements, he also lacks the ability to tie a sensible Full Windsor , no one has any more respect for the tie.
Exemplary, however, what women have always been doing with it: from Marlene Dietrich, who defied the categorizations of male and female with a collar and tie in the 1940s, to Diane Keaton, whose style as Annie Hall became iconic (and in real life as well), to Patti Smith, Princess Diana, Madonna, Julia Roberts and Janelle Monáe, who made the androgynous look her USP. What they all have in common is that their ties have never been and are a symbol of a bourgeois compulsion to dress, but an expression of nonchalance and joy.
Elegantly knotted: the tie is so versatile in autumn 2020
Im Herbst 2020, in which gender norms have long been a thing of the past, there are now many ways to play with the tie: with a suit and in a contrasting color to the shirt, such as red and pink for Prada; made of chiffon with a white shirt as with Dior; thin and loosely looped like Margaret Howell’s; in the size of a conference table and with a corset like at Dolce & Gabbana. Almost everything that gives you pleasure is permitted. There is one exception, and here men and women are absolutely equal: the fun stops with ties with cartoon characters.