Should You Wear a Tie Without a Jacket? – Casual Style Tips

Should You Wear a Tie Without a Jacket? – Casual Style Tips

Welcome back to the Gentleman's Gazette!
In today's video, we'll discuss whether wearing a tie with a dress shirt and no
jacket is a stylish look or not. The combination of a jacket and tie has been
a staple of menswear for nearly 200 years and whether it be a suit jacket,
sport coat, or blazer, the purpose of a jacket is, of course, to flatter the male
form. A well fitting jacket will make your shoulders and your chest look
broader and your waist look slimmer thus idealizing your silhouette but
these days, as the average daily outfit for a man is becoming less and less
formal, the temptation does arise to leave the jacket at home. This does beg
the question then, should a man skip the jacket if he so wishes and wear just a
dress shirt and tie? Our short answer here, as was also the case with our
previous video in this series on whether a man should wear a jacket with a
t-shirt, is that this isn't a look we would recommend for most men. We will cement
that position shortly but first, let's at least give a little bit of time to some
potential arguments in favor of the look. First, it is, of course, more casual to
skip the jacket and just wear the shirt and tie than to have the jacket on.
Although if you are going for a more casual vibe, we'll have some suggestions
later on better ways to pull it off. Secondly and more practically speaking,
it can get hot during the summer months and by removing your jacket, you'd have
one fewer layer on your body and thus theoretically, stay cooler. With that said
though, we also have a workaround for this. If you've got any guesses as to
what it might be, stay tuned! Finally here, the shirt, tie, and no jacket
look has become something of an established dress code for a few
different professions over the years. Of course, for many people, it conjures up
images of the aerospace engineers at NASA in the 1960s and it remains a
popular dress code in the Engineering profession, even today. What's the
reasoning behind this then? Well, according to various comments from
engineers in different menswear forums online,
it's about striking a balance between white collar and blue collar aesthetics.
While wearing true business casual attire in an engineering setting might
be seen as too self-conscious and vain, going in full-out work wear would still
be seen as too unprofessional. In other words, it's about looking like you would
be ready to get your hands dirty if you needed to even though you might just be
spending most of your day at a computer. So in the case of this specific industry,
we do think it's okay for the engineers to uphold their unique sartorial
traditions. But if you're in another line of work, we would suggest the following
alternatives instead. With those potential arguments covered then, why is
it that our position is that overall, it isn't a good look to pair a shirt with a
tie and no jacket? Simply stated, it's because doing this is usually going to
make your overall outfit look incomplete. As we stated at the beginning of the
video, the trifecta of shirt, tie, and jacket has been the standard for men for
centuries and it's still the default in most people's minds. Even though things
are getting less and less formal these days, subconsciously, having all three of
those elements is still seen as the standard. Therefore, if you remove one of
these three key elements, your outfit isn't going to just be less formal, it's
also going to feel lacking. Now, if you're a regular viewer of the channel, you
might be saying you did an earlier video on wearing shirts with jackets and no
ties and you said that was okay. Well, first of all, you can find that video
here, if you haven't seen it yet. Secondly, in that video, we did say that
you could wear shirts with jackets and no ties but it was best to do this in
less formal situations with individual garments that are more casual, overall. So
not something you can just do all the time. The biggest difference here though
and why we think wearing a shirt and jacket is better than a shirt and tie
is because on a fundamental level, a jacket is outerwear or a core piece of
your wardrobe whereas a tie is ultimately still going to be an
accessory. As such, while you won't be completing the trifecta when just
wearing a shirt and jacket, you're still going to look more complete and more put
together than if you wear only two elements with the shirt and tie. Remember
also that the jacket is going to flatter your form more, so that's another plus
for including it when you're only going to choose two elements. Returning now to
the arguments we made at the beginning of the video, let's get into our specific
rebuttals of those points starting with wearing the shirt and tie as a more
casual option. The short answer here is that there are going to be very few
situations outside of these selected career fields that we mentioned earlier
where a man would need to dress formally enough to have a tie on
but informally enough to not wear a jacket. In other words, if a jacket is
required in a given situation, wearing a tie would almost never be prohibited and
if you are still trying to look casual, there are a number of different more
casual jacket styles available in terms of colors, patterns, textures, and so on. On
that note, you can take a look at our video on dressing down a double-breasted
jacket here. Meanwhile, if a tie isn't required as part of a specific dress
code, a jacket almost certainly isn't going to be either. So in those cases,
we'd simply recommend that you don't wear the jacket or the tie and just wear
your shirt with an unbuttoned collar. Finally here, if you'd like to strike an
even more delicate balance of formality and go for something firmly within the
smart casual dress code, you could consider wearing a shirt and tie and
then also wearing a sweater as the outer layer. And while wearing vests as their
own outer layer has become a popular look in the last couple of decades, we'd
advise against doing this as well. After all, waistcoats were designed to be a
middle layer and as such, they give off a similarly incomplete vibe when worn
otherwise. Next, our counter argument on the point of keeping cool is this, it's
all about the weave. There are a number of breathable and lightweight weaves
available for jackets that would keep you just as cool as if you forewent an
outer layer. Stay tuned for an upcoming video on summer suits and in the
meantime, you can find our guide to summer fabrics here. With all that said,
what if you're still dead set on wearing a shirt and tie without a jacket? If this
really is the case for you, we will say that you can do it but you just have to make
sure that you can get some key details right. In the broad strokes, you're going
to need a shirt that fits you well and the appropriate type of tie. As we've
said countless times here at the Gentleman's Gazette, fit should always be
a paramount concern. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries when the jacket was a
mandatory part of a man's everyday wardrobe, it was expected that the jacket
would flatter a man's silhouette and because of this, shirts could be more
generously cut. Today though, as jackets are increasingly left at home and shirts
are worn as an outer layer, it's most important that you have a shirt that
fits close but comfortably to your body with no collar gapping or muffin top at
your waistline. As such, buying slim fit shirts would be a wise choice for many
men as well as taking the shirts in to get further alterations as necessary. On
that note, you can learn more about how shirts should ideally fit a slimmer man
in our style guide for the slim man video here. And using myself as an
example here, the shirt I'm wearing is indeed in a slim fit cut, however, because
I am so thin, it could probably use even more alterations. So on that note stay
tuned for some upcoming videos that will deal with tailoring. Turning now to the
tie, solid-colored ties with some texture in the weave,
perhaps a grenadine, a shantung silk, or a knit would be a good choice here. Also,
casual patterns like dots, checks, and some varieties of repp
stripes will be similarly casual. Just make sure that your patterns between
your shirt and tie as well as your colors between the two are working
harmoniously and of course, you can find a wide variety of patterned
and textured ties in the Fort Belvedere shop here. As one more related note here,
skipping the jacket means that wearing a tie bar in this circumstance would serve
you particularly well. Part of the reasoning behind having your jacket
buttoned when standing or moving around is that it will keep your tie in place
but if you don't have a jacket to accomplish this, wearing something like a
tie bar would be even more important. After all, you don't want your tie
flapping around in the wind or getting caught in your soup. Finally today, let's
talk about the best way to pull off a shirt and tie with no jacket which is
actually to have the jacket with you but just to take it off at appropriate times.
Stated another way, if you have all three of your core elements on hand at
the beginning of the day or when greeting people for the first time, it
will cement in their minds that your outfit does in fact have three pieces so
you'll be at liberty to take one of them off if you so choose. This way, you can
remove your jacket when you're hot exerting yourself or sitting for long
periods of time which can damage a jacket seat. Just make sure to put the
jacket on again for important events throughout the day such as for example a
meeting and of course don't forget the jacket when you're on your way home.
Following this strategy pays mind to the classic tenets of menswear and make sure
you'll be prepared for different kinds of situations throughout the day but you
can also indulge in that wish to wear a shirt and tie without a jacket if you so
choose. In conclusion then, there are not too many scenarios where we'd recommend
wearing a shirt and tie without a jacket but it can be done if you take
additional care. Before we go then, here's one more reminder to take a look at what
we think is the more stylish alternative of these options which of course is
wearing your jacket without a tie that video again is here. So what's your
assessment of this and do you think that there are any key
points we missed today? Whatever the case may be, share with us in the comment
section below and of course don't forget to subscribe to the channel and hit the
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in today's video as should be obvious I'm attempting to illustrate a shirt and
tie look that is harmonious the shirt which is from Charles Tyrwhitt features a
Prince of Wales check in blue and yellow meanwhile the tie features a geometric
pattern of both light and dark blue on a yellow background the pattern densities
of the shirt and the tie are different so that way they can harmonize well and
of course both garments are on the relatively informal side of the spectrum
my silver tie bar has a blue inlay and my cufflinks have two different tones of blue on them to
complement the tie which does also and yes as I said before I am aware that the
shirt I'm wearing could still have a slimmer cut than it does so just stay
tuned for those upcoming videos on me getting alterations done to several
different types of garments in my wardrobe grounding the outfit my
trousers are plain Navy as are my socks and my shoes are brown cap toe Oxfords
from Allen Edmonds similarly my belt is dark brown so that it'll match my shoes
which is another important consideration to have when just wearing
a shirt and tie as of course your belt will be seen at all times now if I were
to have worn a jacket with this look wearing a navy blazer with gold buttons
would have complemented the blue and yellow color scheme well I probably
would have changed out my silver accessories to be gold to match the
buttons of the blazer and the trousers then could be in a color like medium
gray and while the accessories I'm wearing today are more modern in style
to go with the overall feel of this look you can find more classically inspired
accessories like cufflinks collar clips and so on in the Fort Belvedere shop

30 Replies to “Should You Wear a Tie Without a Jacket? – Casual Style Tips”

  1. What's your opinion of the tie-and-no-jacket look? What do you think of our alternatives? Share with us in the comments!

  2. Whats up with the baggy shirt in the back and why do you stand like you shat yourself in that clip?

  3. Great video! But what about bow-ties? Can you wear them without a blazer/sweater/vest/laboratory smock? Does it depend on the style of the bow-tie (large/smal/pointed ends, elegant/simple/funny, etc) or your style (elegant vs. hipster)?

  4. I think that you look smart throughout this video as the shirt and tie go very well together. I do agree that suit without a tie looks more formal and I have done so on occasion. On a side note, as you mentioned in the, your shirt is not as slim as could be. I have the same issue and I have found that MTM dress shirts are a good option. The website I get my shirts from is called 'iTailor' and I would enjoy hearing your opinion about the shirts. Overall, this was an excellent video and I'm glad you are a part of this channel.

  5. My office isn’t too formal. Suit, shirt and tie are appreciated. But you can skip the tie – in fact, most colleagues do skip it. I, however, prefer to skip the jacket. I think it looks better (more dynamic ? fits the engineer background) and is more comfortable.

    You mention the tie clip. What do you think about the invisible tie clip?

  6. There is the over shirt…way less formal than jacket or sport coat and much lighter and available in many colors, patterns and materials blends

  7. For me a man should always wear
    a coat with a shirt and tie. The coat
    frames the shirt and tie and it gives
    you a more complete look.

  8. One thing that you should keep in mind is what age you are. It is much more appropriate for a young adult (teens to 20s) to wear a tie without a jacket than for someone in their 40s.

  9. This channel reminds me of the 1950's. This is the #1 great grandpa channel for great grandpa's that forgot how to style in the 50's

  10. Please do a whole video on wearing a vest/waistcoat without a jacket!

    I think it can look okay as long as the lining material isn't too odd or is made out of the same material as the rest of the vest.

  11. I like a plain white shirt and slim black tie, but I did have a vintage worsted wool jacket that was surprisingly cool in the summer.
    If you could do a guide for someone who is on the big-shouldered, runs hot side?

  12. Please see Gary Numan (Pleasure Principle era) as well as the Kraftwerk uniform, the "new wave" look, more edgy than the "engineer" tradition with the darker colors. To a lesser extent, various punk rock or pop-goth bands, same thing for the most part but with skulls. Those were the looks that got me started wearing ties and shirts, for better or for worse. I've tried to adapt it for Sunday wear and going out but with limited success even with more conservative patterns. I live in Florida anyway so I've fallen back to just the unbuttoned shirt collar until it gets cooler and I can get a decent blazer. With a sweater would be my daily uniform by choice if it were practical.

    Also, thank you for acknowledging those of us with the "slim fit isn't slim enough" build. I've yet to tailor a dress shirt but the "Extra Slim" from Express in 14 1/2 fits me well, but their patterns and quality are somewhat limited.

  13. You can rock some sleeve garters along with with your waistcoat for a retro afternoon at the office look…

  14. The answer would be a No. That’s what my friends and I refer to as the schmuck look. I used to be guilty of it in the past.

  15. NOT A TIE CLIP!!! The only profession that is excused for wearing a "tie bar" are doctors who need to bend over their patients for examining them (and have to much tools in their white coat to close it). Otherwise, even without a jacket, just get a tie of a solid fabric that doesn't require a clip to keep in place. As an added bonus, such ties are less prone to get a groove under the knot, which, in Europe, is a faux pas. There's a reason it's called a pisgoot in Dutch…

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