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Businesswomen adopt soft neckties

Businesswomen are dressing conservatively, choosing the man-tailored look more and more. Now this trend is carrying into neckties, creating a look similar to the traditional businessman's.

Approximately 85 percent of the women surveyed by the Neckwear Association of America agreed that a tailored look works for business. It's what they personally prefer, although most of them qualified it by saying that they didn't want the look to be too severe.

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All the women agreed that business suit dressing is more than a "trend" -- that suits are a staple of every working woman's wardrobe, and most of them have already adopted the tailored look a while back.

The widest range of varying responses was elicited by the question about the kind of tie they would choose to go with a business suit. Virtually all the women wanted to soften the look of the suits, but none of them wanted a traditional man's four-in-hand tie.

Again, more than 85 percent of the women felt that a tie or some kind of neckwear is appropriate to "finish" the look of a suit. Sixty-six percent of the women prefer the soft silk "floppy" bow ties that you tie yourself, although pre-tied bows and narrow string silktie s also received several votes.

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