Yesterday I was making a half-assed attempt to clean my office a bit before the new academic year and for some reason the tie on my coat rack caught my attention. There's no reason it should have, since it has been in that same spot ever since I moved into this office, but the fact that it has not been touched was part of why I noticed it.
I am not some one who dresses up much. I'll do it when I have to and not look like your 18-year-old cousin wearing his dad's clothes, but ties and I have never really seen eye to eye. Trying to figure out if that was part of the allure of a career in academia or if that career path led me to my tie-distain is a bit of a chicken and egg issue not really worth pursuing, however, the fact that I once thought it would be a good idea to keep a tie in my office is mildly amusing. I mean, how often are you surprised by a high-level meeting with people in suits where jeans and a button down shirt would be deemed insufficient? My guess is that if I ever am in that position, my wardrobe will be the least of my concerns.
Eying that tie sitting around made me wonder if I don't keep it there to subtly remind myself that I don't have to wear one. That for as much as this job can be overwhelming and frustrating, there is also a lot to like - part of which is that no one cares what I wear to work, as long as I have pants on.
Am I the only one with languishing clothing artifacts in my office, or do other people actually use the "dress up" items they adorn their space with?