|Tossing tie over the shoulder keeps it stainless.|
Nevertheless, I've enjoyed the trends surrounding these strips of cloth – the power ties in neon colors beloved by politicians and British television anchors, the skinny ties worn loosely by self-conscious hipsters, the outrageously expensive numbers around the necks of the richies.
Like women's skirts, ties have been wide, and they've been narrow; they've gone long, and they've gone short, but they never go away. Nor does the habit of throwing them across the shoulder, like the man I photographed in a finger-licking good sandwich shop recently. Protecting ties from spilled food is ironic, as men used to wear ties to protect their shirts from food stains.
I must say the over-the-shoulder look could be interesting on the street, not just in restaurants. If I wore a tie, I'd pin it to to the shoulder of my jacket or shirt, creating a dashing look. Literally.