• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 4: Goodyear welted shoes from Cobbler Union

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 4th auction is for a pair of Goodyear welted Shoes from Cobbler Union. Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Would you wear a suit without a tie?

rnoldh

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Jul 24, 2006
Messages
16,909
Reaction score
2,999
I'm in Houston, Tx. Currently 95 degrees and humid. I sell new homes on site at new subdivisions. The model home is that I work out of, is air conditioned and comfortable. But all day long I go in and out of the model home. Usually to homes in various stages of construction. They, of course, have no A/C, and are often muddy!

The dress code is "professional casual". This translates to dress pants and a dress shirt. Most sales people have a coat in the office(which they generally don't wear). Some wear a tie and some don't.

I love to wear suits, but it might not be a wise choice outdoors in Houston, in July and August. So, I've started to wear a suit without a tie. And without the coat when I'm outside.

Given the circumstances, would you still wear a suit(even without a tie) or just go "professional casual" for the summer?
 

skalogre

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 9, 2006
Messages
6,324
Reaction score
4
Maybe. Thing is that if I have a chance to wear a suit (VERY rare in Arizona), I'd love to wear a tie (yes, I am twisted like that).
 

JLibourel

Distinguished Member
Joined
Aug 7, 2004
Messages
8,754
Reaction score
467
There are men who have a certain panache, a certain je-ne-sais-quoi who can pull off the suit-without-a-tie look. They are not many. I am not among them. Most men are not among them.

If you are already wearing a suit jacket, a necktie, unless it's strangulation tight, shouldn't increase your discomfort much in hot weather.
 

Thomas

Stylish Dinosaur
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Jul 25, 2006
Messages
29,128
Reaction score
1,318
Also from Houston, but my situation is that my office is casual. The general thought around here is:

suit + tie = flight risk

So when I wear suits, most of the time it's sans tie, but with a patterned shirt. When vendors come for negotiations I wear a tie. Also wear a tie if I'll be speechifying or giving a presentation.

Come on winter!
 

grimslade

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Mar 31, 2006
Messages
10,883
Reaction score
49
I think it works if the suit and shirt are both a bit on the casual side. But I think of the look as really a social look, rather than a business look.
 

Tomasso

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2006
Messages
4,078
Reaction score
13
Originally Posted by JLibourel
There are men who have a certain panache, a certain je-ne-sais-quoi who can pull off the suit-without-a-tie look.

You're too kind. I'll wear suits with linen shirts and cotton knits in the spring/summer, cashmere polos and mock turtlenecks in the fall/winter.
 

Ambulance Chaser

Stylish Dinosaur
Spamminator Moderator
Joined
Mar 7, 2002
Messages
10,491
Reaction score
1,795
Yes, and I am doing so today. I think it works if the suit is a slim, designer number. A center-vent, sack suit without tie just looks wrong, imo.
 

Master Shake

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 18, 2006
Messages
1,048
Reaction score
16
I know of at least one guy who conducts his business in a suit without a tie.


I think Ambulance Chaser has it right on this one.
 

lakewolf

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jul 18, 2006
Messages
5,172
Reaction score
11
Originally Posted by JLibourel
There are men who have a certain panache, a certain je-ne-sais-quoi who can pull off the suit-without-a-tie look. They are not many. I am not among them. Most men are not among them.

Thanks for that !
I almost allways wear suits without a tie.. I put on the tie for business when visiting customers... if not I wear the suit with bold shirts sans tie and with a gold necklace... ( 2 buttons open is the minimum )... I love my suits ! for business and casual and night outs...
 

EL72

Distinguished Member
Joined
May 11, 2006
Messages
6,860
Reaction score
4
Originally Posted by lakewolf
... if not I wear the suit with bold shirts sans tie and with a gold necklace... ( 2 buttons open is the minimum )...



rnoldh: I don't like the suit w/o tie look. If you're concerned about heat, it's not the tie but the coat that's the problem. If you're walking around in a suit pants and shirt w/no tie, you may as well wear odd trousers and remove the coat if it's really hot. Especially if the suit is pinstriped, wearing only one half the suit looks bad imo.
 

Lucky Strike

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 13, 2006
Messages
3,459
Reaction score
27
I wear a lot of "casual" suits; linen, pincord, corduroy, tweed, etc, and frequently without a tie (depends on what clients I'm seeing, etc.)

I find that this look often needs some modifications: I nearly always wear a pocket square, unless I'm wearing a turtleneck, and I often wear loafers or derby-cut shoes with the suits. I have to agree with Ambulance Chaser: A dressier, more conservative business suit normally needs a tie.
 

Edward Appleby

Distinguished Member
Joined
Apr 18, 2005
Messages
3,246
Reaction score
5
I agree with grimslade, it's more of a going-out look.


Also: animated smilies(!)
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 26 3.4%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 132 17.3%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 250 32.7%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 119 15.6%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 68 8.9%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 47 6.1%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 23 3.0%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 21 2.7%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 16 2.1%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 7 0.9%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 8 1.0%
  • 100+

    Votes: 48 6.3%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
428,723
Messages
9,223,073
Members
193,608
Latest member
kirketalu
Top