Neckties are no longer common but getting dressed up does make you feel good

“If men can run the world, why can’t they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?” – Linda Ellerbee

The first question my 91 year old grandmother asked me when I got my new job was, “do you have to wear neckties?”

Let’s remember she’s from a generation long ago when men wore a suit and neckties to go to the movies and women wore dresses and pumps to do their house work. Sounds pretty foreign, doesn’t it?

I don’t think there was really a dress code per say at my previous job. Jeans and sneakers were commonplace and it never seemed to be an issue. In truth, I settled into that work attire pretty quickly – going from dressing up to dressing down with little convincing needed.

But it wasn’t until I started my new job (business casual everyday but Friday) that I realized how much dressing up really does affect our mood and view of ourselves.

I find myself feeling like a grown-up, a professional even, for the first time in a long time. Who knew some dress pants and a button down shirt could be so powerful. I wonder what neckties would do for me?

Now wearing jeans on the weekend, while still comfortable, feels strange to me. Suddenly I feel like my grandmother when the only time you wore jeans back then was to do work outside or some other messy activity.