The error irresistible to FNG's (Fucking New Guys) is to seek flourish over fundamentals. Because let's be real: no one comes to a fight gym excited to stumble around, trying to stay in their fighting stance. We want the Rocky training montage, to find glory under the big lights, and to do some badass ninja moves!
What inspired us to wander into some stale basement gym full of sweaty men in the first place was that one magical moment when [insert favorite fighter] scored a highlight reel knockout doing some *really cool shit.* And in that moment we thought, damn, *I* wanna do some really cool shit!
Unfortunately, we soon discover that there's lots of boring shit that must come before the cool shit. A strong foundation is built on boring shit, upon which some badass flourish can be layered. Most people understand this, but there's always the temptation of shiny shortcuts.
"Maybe if I practice this cool move while everyone else is working the lame-o basics, I'll be a step ahead!"
Yeah, that's dumb. Who even does that? (A surprising and unfortunate amount of people, actually.)
Maybe it's not always as flagrant as practicing tornado kicks off the cage instead of refining your jab-cross, but to waste time time pursuing more than your foundation can support is a costly mistake.
So what does this have to do with neckties? Almost without fail, the suit and tie novices will flock to the gaudiest, loudest, and most hideous neck tie. And yes, it's plaid.
Why does this happen? We see a dapper gentleman, whose refinement is the culmination of measured details topped off with a sprinkle of flair. In the same way that a layman fight fan can't grasp the intangibles that go into setting up, timing, and connecting with a spinning-elbow counter... Nor can a style novice pinpoint the nuances of fit, composition, and color coordination that makes their #stylegoals stand above the crowd -- just that he stands out.
In both cases, the layman is impressed by the extraordinary which stands out from the mundane -- never realizing that brilliance is built atop a foundation of tried-and-true basics. The layman thinks their idols are great because they stand out, never realizing that they stand out because they are great.
Long story short, build up your footwork before you worry about spinning back kicks and get a dark solid textured tie before you dabble in the treacherous minefield of plaid neckwear.