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Would you wear a suit without a tie?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rnoldh, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. rnoldh

    rnoldh Stylish Dinosaur

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    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?
     


  2. skalogre

    skalogre Distinguished Member

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    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).
     


  3. JLibourel

    JLibourel Distinguished Member

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    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.
     


  4. Thomas

    Thomas Stylish Dinosaur

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    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!
     


  5. grimslade

    grimslade Stylish Dinosaur

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    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.
     


  6. Tomasso

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    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.
     


  7. Ambulance Chaser

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    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.
     


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    Joffrey Stylish Dinosaur

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    Yeah sure I dont see why not
     


  9. Master Shake

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    I know of at least one guy who conducts his business in a suit without a tie.

    [​IMG]

    I think Ambulance Chaser has it right on this one.
     


  10. lakewolf

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    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 ! [​IMG] 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...
     


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    ... if not I wear the suit with bold shirts sans tie and with a gold necklace... ( 2 buttons open is the minimum )...

    [​IMG]

    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.
     


  12. Lucky Strike

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    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.
     


  13. designprofessor

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    I sometimes go without a tie till the weather cools down. I use the pocket square to dress it up. A university seems a more forgiving environment to wear a suit this way.
     


  14. Edward Appleby

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    I agree with grimslade, it's more of a going-out look.


    Also: animated smilies(!)
     


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    The only alternative is a bow tie.
     


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