Young businessmen favouring ties, say fashion experts

As some older businessmen mistakenly lean to toward a tie-less corporate approach in a bid to look cooler, experts say younger men are picking up the sophisticated slack and making the necktie trendy.

With ties featuring prominently on the runway at the recent Men's Autumn-Winter 2012-2013 ready-to-wear collection show in Paris (January 21), it appears that those in the know believe the traditional accessory is well and truly back on the radar of fashion-conscious professionals.

Luxury consultant Jean-Jacques Picart tolf AFP after the show: "For a few years now older men, businessmen have started going without a tie to look younger."

"So it's only normal for young people to reclaim them," Picart said, adding that a major issue men are not always aware of is that most shirts are designed to be worn with a tie.

"I have worn one all my life - starting at school," German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld told the global news agency.

"I can't stand people looking dishevelled - especially after age 35."

Men of all ages may wish to heed the advice and stock up their collection of quality work ties for the remainder of the year.