Google Inc.’s global privacy counsel, Peter Fleischer, wants to see t-shirts replace the tie as standard business attire, saying the tie
1. “constricts circulation to the brain”;
2. “acts as decorative camouflage for the business suit, designed to shield the middle-aged male physique, with its shrinking shoulders and protruding paunch, from feeling sufficiently self-conscious to hit the gym”.
“Wouldn’t you like to know whether your business partners are fit? Why should you trust a man in business if he abuses his own body?”
In addition, he said casual attire may also result in greater creativity.
“If your fashion editor can hardly imagine a better garment for men to exhibit their personality, power and masculinity than wearing ties, well … I work at Google. Our unofficial motto is, ‘Be serious without a suit’”
Google, like many other technology companies, allows employees to dress casually for work.
However, several of Google’s senior managers are shown wearing ties in their official photographs.