Mormon Missionaries

Four Bow Tie Bans

Apparently some people feel that bow ties aren’t for everyone. These organizations feel so much that they’ve instituted bans on this particular type of neckwear. Here are four examples:

  1. In 2007, wearing bow ties (as well as other types of ties) was banned in Gilan — an Iranian province. There’s a concern for “anti-cultural items” hitting the shelves. Source: NCRI – National Council of Resistance of Iran
  2. Male missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints want to stand out for a good reason, and for that reason they have strict dress guidelines. Thus, the Mormon Church requires them to “wear only business- or professional-style ties.” Due to this very conservative “Sunday Best” dress code, the Church considers bow ties unacceptable. Source: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  3. In 2012, a bow tie wearing duck named Star was banned from collecting money for charity in Devon, an English county in the UK. Of course, the council required the charitable bird to acquire a permit — benefiting the local government’s coffers… In addition to this ban irritating Star’s owner, Barrie Hayman, this story got coverage all over the world. Source: Daily Mail
  4. Starting in the mid to late 2000s, many hospitals began to ban doctors from wearing ties — long and bow — since there are studies that suggest that they are carriers of infections including the scary super bug Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Source: OBG Management