I have long held the opinion that the most abused and daft outfit is the dress pants, dress shirt, and lone, horizontally divisive tie. Aside from being the proportional equivalent to an amputated Statue of Liberty, this getup screams door-to-door salesman, high school after prom, and "I'm unaware as to the whereabouts of my jacket, nor do I concern myself with the whereabouts of said jacket because I do not care to utilize the potentially most-flattering piece of casual+ attire".
I know this is borderline shallow, but it irks me to no extent and after reading Manton's thread (http://www.styleforum.net/t/309643/the-worst-look), I decided to seek the sage sartorialists' advice and ask:
A) is there a time when one should wear a tie, with no jacket (or for, the upscale casual, you could substitute a sweater or waistcoat in place of a jacket, just something to cover a lone tie), or am I correct in thinking that this is unkempt and "lazy"? That's not to say you have to have your jacket on the entire time you're at a function/at work/what have you, but I believe one should always have the jacket with their person and at least wear it when you arrive and again when you leave
B) what's the proper order in which one should "dress up" their look, from casual to formal?
As far as dressing up goes, below is my order of operations, and I'm hoping that those with more practical experience can either reinforce my thought process and/or adjust my gaps and potential misunderstandings.
(Starting at casual and working up to "I do")
1. Jeans/chinos, t-shirt, casual shoes
2. Jeans/chinos, long sleeve (e.g. henley, sweater), chukka or other boot
3. Jeans/chinos, OCBD, chukka/other boot/lace up
4. Jeans/chinos, OCBD, jacket, chukka/other boot/lace up
5. Jeans/chinos, OCBD, jacket, tie, chukka/other boot/lace up
6. Dress pants, dress shirt, lace up/loafer
7. Dress pants, dress shirt, jacket, lace up - OR - suit and lace up
8. Dress pants, dress shirt, jacket, tie, lace up - OR - suit, tie, lace up
9. Black Tie
Please, hack away.