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Wearing a DB without a tie

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Thinking of getting a Thom Browne DB suit but I don't wear ties. I am taking crazy pills? Post pics of DB worn without ties if you got them.
 

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I once went out of town for what I though was going to be a day, ended up staying two, and had only one suit, a DB. I wore it back on the train with no tie. I felt very rakish. I have never done it again.
 

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Originally Posted by Fuuma
Thinking of getting a Thom Browne DB suit but I don't wear ties. I am taking crazy pills? Post pics of DB worn without ties if you got them.
I think you can do it. I don't know if I can.
 

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Originally Posted by Manton
I once went out of town for what I though was going to be a day, ended up staying two, and had only one suit, a DB. I wore it back on the train with no tie. I felt very rakish. I have never done it again.

"Rakish" sounds good but "never done it again" implies it might not have been a good thing.
 

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Originally Posted by Fuuma
"Rakish" sounds good but "never done it again" implies it might not have been a good thing.

I did it out of necessity. Actually, not quite, as I could have worn a tie on the train home, I just did not bother. I thought it looked OK. Almost cool.

But I am not cool, and the rules chip in my brain resumed its rightful control over my actions.
 

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Originally Posted by Fuuma
Thinking of getting a Thom Browne DB suit but I don't wear ties. I am taking crazy pills? Post pics of DB worn without ties if you got them.

I know I have read about someone doing this once. The book is from the 1950's and is out of print and I can't find it on Amazon. I will try to remember to take a scan of the page describing the attempt (it was pretty successful, as I recall). Something about taking the train into the city to have lunch with a college buddy the main character hadn't seen in fifteen years. They were meeting at the friends club and the main character decided he wasn't going to put on his tie until he reached Grand Central.
 

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Originally Posted by iammatt
I think you can do it. I don't know if I can.

I look rather young, not sure a DB is the time to throw "the rules" by the window. I sorta like ties but not on me, exceptions aside. I thought about getting bowties but thankfully woke up and realized that just wasn't happening.
 

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FWIW, I can recall one or two AA pics that show this:



But the caption for that one was something about "not giving a damn how you look" so take that FWIW.
 

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He looks cool, he also looks to be from the end of the 1930s-start of the 40s and quite tall. I am neither of those things.
 

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One of the things I liked about it when I did it is I was wearing one of my DBs with a long roll, so that it buttoned at the bottom, like in the pic. I don't know if I would do it with a DB that had a hard, short roll to the middle.

I may do this again. I need an occasion, something at which to look cool.
 

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Originally Posted by Manton
One of the things I liked about it when I did it is I was wearing one of my DBs with a long roll, so that it buttoned at the bottom, like in the pic. I don't know if I would do it with a DB that had a hard, short roll to the middle. I may do this again. I need an occasion, something at which to look cool.
Go to a website meetup in San Francisco. They have lots of cool kids. Personally, I wouldn't wear a DB suit without a tie as this kind of in-your-face coolness is a little to aggressive for me. A knit tie would be cool enough.
 

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When I was in London, I saw a rather dashing fellow in Mayfair who was walking down the street in a very British navy chalk stripe DB with a white shirt and no tie. It looked rather insouciant and cool.
 

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Originally Posted by dopey
Go to a website meetup in San Francisco. they have lots of cool kids.
If you wanted to join a theater company, I could pull some strings.
 

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