Originally Posted by Kenneth Cole Haan
Don't wear a tie without a jacket unless you work at Blockbuster.Source
Okay, this has been mindlessly repeated enough times that I have to go after it.
Why would there ever be a recommendation against wearing a shirt and tie without a jacket? Think this one through guys. What would be so objectionable to this?
Here are my thoughts. Those who recommend against this are thinking of guys that wear table cloth sized mega shirts that look like sacks on them. Fact of the matter is a lot of guys still wear shirts that fit like this. Agree? Sure. So moving on, a lot of guys also simply don't know how to tie a tie to the correct length. I see this day in and day out. Everyone else agree on this? Sure, why not. Not only that, but these ties swing back and forth like a pendulum all day because most guys don't fasten them down with a clip or a pin. So I think it would make sense, this being the case, to recommend guys don't go around without their jackets on. The jacket is going to clean up those lines, hide the length of the tie, keep it in place, and up the game of this sort of guy (although chances are his suit is too big as well).
Anyhow, rather than just quoting from style manuals condemning this look, how about we really think about it and then find ways to solve the problem. Things change, after all.
My recommendation: If you wear a shirt that looks likes rubbish and you don't know how to tie a tie, throw the jacket on over top. You'll do yourself a favour.
On the other hand, if you invest in a slim fit shirt (better yet, MTM) that fits close to the body, and have a thoughtfully tied necktie held fast with a tie clip, hey, go for it. Maybe, just maybe, it'll catch on.