I think there is an appropriate time and place for ties. I think business culture has become relaxed to the point where you cannot tell when someone is a professional. The suit and tie, similar to a uniform, provides that distinction.
Personally, I feel 20x more confident in my suit and tie, as though I can take on the world and that I am on a level playing field. (This coming from a young founder of a startup). Short answer: Suit Up!
I Love Tie !!
But It is even better when it is Suited with a Hankerchief !
Tie is great to wear. I rather go with the climate, too hot the tie is a hindrance rather than a professional statement. The selection of occasion should be in the hand of the person who uses the tie, plus one need to read the fine print on an invite card to use one or not.
Here is an article on this subject by BBC:
To what purpose? Men's fashion does not change behavior, generate better ideas or even enhance productivity. In all honesty, in some situations the ability to dress in comfortable clothing will prove a perceived benefit. While I might like a well dressed man, I am not fooled by the outer package.
I think you need to dress in a manner that you are comfortable with, tempered for the subject audience. If your ideas are as disheveled as how you dress you are likely not to impress. However, if your plan is well thought out as your style, whatever it may be, you will be taken seriously.
I think it depends on the industry. Having spent years in the finance industry, I do think a nice suit and tie look professional. I don't think it's the right fit for the entrepreneur community though. I personally cannot imagine wearing one. They look so uncomfortable. But I absolutely love buying them. There are so many fun ties and ties can tell a lot about the person wearing them. I've been involved in a lot of great conversations that started around a unique tie.
I am biases I love men's fashion.
It is all about the outfit and the statement made / sought.
I vacillate with / without tie, it’s always purposefully done at my discretion.
Gentlemen, it is imperative to have freshly tied knot that fits the collar.