In theory, you know that a good necktie, bow, or pocket square can take an everyday look to the next level. But how often are you really taking risks when it comes to texture, pattern, and color? Is there anything in your closet that’s more adventurous than the silk tie you wore to your high school prom?
Even if the answer is yes, there’s always room to add some personality to your wardrobe. Start with these head- turning ties, and don’t forget to pick on the right tie for your shirt.
Why Would I Desire To Go Tie-Less?
There are various reasons for someone not to wear a tie. They aren’t good enough if yours relate to ‘comfort’, laziness or neglect. Skipping the tie is all about self-expression, and it should enable you to feel sexier, more confident and bold – all represented through the art of underdressing.
Frenchmen are the masters of underdressing. Without wanting to stereotype, they turn up to black tie events in dinner jackets and t-shirts, frequently undo more than two buttons of their shirts, and even manage to make it through the door in jeans when most of an event’s attendees are suited. All while looking on-point. How do they manage it? We’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure that out ourselves.
The art of slightly underdressing isn’t easy to master. We’re not all ready to stand out by wearing less than expected, and there are always moments in which we cannot (and should not) play this game. Douche-consciousness is key here.
When You SHOULD Or SHOULD NOT Ditch The Tie
The Workplace: In the event that you work in a suit and tie and so do your colleagues, losing the tie isn’t recommended.
This is because, unfortunately, in a professional environment with a dress code that does n’t encourage self-expression, it would be seen as rebellion. And rebels do n’t usually make it in the corporate world.
Weddings & Christenings: Put on a tie if it’s going to be a more formal occasion, such as traditional church wedding or a city. You do n’t want to show disrespect toward your hosts or stand out as well as make someone else’s celebration all about your attire.
Job interviews: There’s a guideline that’s very clear and simple to apply here – wear the absolute best version of whatever dress code the job requires. If you’re interviewing for a corporate job, put on a tie and a well-tailored suit. Leave it at home if you’re interviewing for a job that doesn’t require a tie, like a tradesman and wear a perfectly ironed top.
Red Carpet, Cocktail Parties & Openings: All great opportunities to go bare-neck. These are the type of events in which we are allowed – encouraged, even – to express ourselves. Standing out (in a positive way) is amazing, and will ensure others remember you.
In A Creative Business Meeting/Working Environment: When breaking corporate protocol might help you close the deal, if you work in a creative environment/industry, or if your goal is to come across as a creative individual, being the tie-less fellow in a room full of stiffly choked peers might give you the edge you need.
Buying A Tie – A Big Deal?
Nowadays, there is a wide variety of ties on the market – different in colors, widths, patterns and fabrics, which makes a selection of a proper one truly a problem.
It goes without saying that a right tie completes men’s outfit and can literally work wonders. Assume you see an anchor, a man, a businessman, or a politician on the TV; ask yourself what draws your attention first of all?
How To Dump The Tie
No Tie. Full Stop.
This means you’ll have nothing on but your shirt and one or two – if it’s you’re tanned and it’s not a business meeting – buttons were undone high summer.
This offers you the relaxed advantage but might make you feel a little bit naked. If this is the case, recall that in the absence of a tie everything else becomes more noticeable. Thus well-cut a top that is crisp, tailoring, and great accessories are mandatory.
Alternative Neck Wear
Scarf, a cravat or just a bandana tied around your neck will replace the color/accessorizing element of a conventional necktie.
They will, nonetheless, send a completely different message out. You’ll be ‘the bohemian’, ‘ other less professional stereotypes or the playboy’. It’s important to own this look, practice the knot in advance and never apologize or try to justify your choice (or lifestyle).
Completely Buttoned Up
If you would like to maintain a sharp and refined appearance, eliminating the neck wear but keeping your shirt fully buttoned up is a minimal move that actually draws attention to the fact that you’re not wearing a tie.
This aesthetic looks particularly great when you take a similarly pared-back approach to the rest of your accessories – why not ditch the belt, socks and pocket square while you’re at it?
When The Shirt Goes Too
OK, so you decided you’d not only be tie-less but also replace your top with a t-shirt or polo.
Very bold. A bit rebel, even. In this instance, it’s best to stick to classic impartial staples rather than daring colored or printed versions, which will merely draw more attention to the truth that you are flouting the rules slightly.