MMM Gats have elastic on the tongue like artishard said, the tongue stays the same whether there is laces in or not.
I like the jacket both open and closed, it is a very different jacket when closed.
I wore it with the gats and white tee because sometimes I just want to throw a jacket on over jeans and a tee, and it being my new jacket, thats what I did. When I'm doing something besides just going to work then back home I'll put a little more thought into it. But I see where you are coming from.