Not for nothing, but for some sartorial reason in the flurry of photographs of President-elect Trump in the media I have noticed that he always seems to wear his neck ties longer than most men. Typically, a gentleman will wear his necktie so that the point at the bottom of the tie reaches the top of his belt buckle. I imagine the theory involved is that a necktie is an accessory that is intended to enhance the appearance of one’s shirt and so should end where the shirt ends.
Mr. Trump, exercising his right to freely wear his necktie in whatever manner he chooses, apparently prefers to tie his ties in a manner that the front facing end extends below his belt buckle. Inasmuch as most ties in today’s fashion are pointed at the forward facing end, they resemble an arrow one might use to direct someone’s attention to that which is beyond the point.
As noted, in most cases, the arrowhead points to the man’s belt buckle. In Mr. Trump’s case, and more recently that of Vice President – elect Spence, however, the elongated front portion of the tie points directly to the crotch. Is there some subliminal, or perhaps overt intent for this? Target practice perhaps?
What’s the point?
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One thought on “So, What’s the Point?”
I was pointing this Trump ‘tie’ thing out to Jeffri the other night and we were not coming to an assumption on the style. Thank you for your observation. It certainly does fit the man, doesn’t it?