The skinny on thin ties: They’re a no-no for Mormon missionaries


Published: July 26, 2013 05:06PM
Updated: July 26, 2013 03:19PM

Mostly, the LDS Church’s new missionary grooming standards make “elders” (male) and “sisters” (female) appear more, well, up-to-date — like contemporary professionals.

But one change seems inexplicable — skinny ties are on the forbidden list, along with string, bow or wide ties.

These Mormon ambassadors are expected to choose “only business- or professional-style ties,” and even a men’s fashion magazine says ties should not be too thin or too fat.

“At GQ, we like a narrow — but not super-skinny — tie, about two and a quarter to two and three-quarter inches at its widest point,” it says in a tutorial on ties. “Much wider than that and you start to look like a congressman.”

That thin-but-not-too-thin advice, however, may not be the style in, say, France or Germany.

“Skinny ties are 1.5 to 2.5 inches in width,” according to, “and will look best with modern European cut suits.” And, the blog adds, on “younger men,” which clearly includes the now 18-year-old Mormon missionaries.

But there’s no word on any tie exceptions for those missionaries coming from or going to Europe.

Peggy Fletcher Stack