Tieless: How To Wear a Suit With No Tie

A suit and tie go together like cookies and milk. Like peanut butter and jelly. Or like Kim and Kanye. Ok so we’re still not sure about that last one, but you get the idea. It’s a combo that’s just works. But that doesn’t mean a suit can’t go solo every once in a while. Sometimes a guy needs a suit without the pomp and circumstance of a tie – loosen it up a bit.

Here are some tips to keep in mind next time you decide to go tie-less. Remember: sometimes going solo is for the best. Justin Timberlake did it, and look at him now.

How To Wear a Suit With No Tie

Shirt is Key.

The shirt you choose to wear underneath is the key to rocking this look. Make sure the shirt portrays the look you’re going for. If you’re going the more casual route, opt for a chambray button down. Looking for something a little nicer – you can never go wrong with a pressed white oxford. Per usual, I wanted to make a subtle statement, so I went with a The Kooples shirt with a black trimmed collar. Which leads me to number 2….

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Pay Attention to the Collar

While it’s really all about the shirt, don’t overlook the collar. The collar will be another indication of the look you’re going for. You would never wear a button down collar to a black tie, but you would if you were getting cocktails with a date. Just like you would never wear a stiff collar to a bar.

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One or Two Button Drop?

How much you unbutton your sport coat or shirt is a direct correlation to how casual you’re trying to be. For the shirt, never go more than 3 buttons. It’s just common knowledge, dude. Button up all the way for a button-upped look. The more chest you show – the more laid back you’re trying to be. Or the more you’re trying to charm. Kidding. Kind of. Regardless – keep your undershirt hidden. Please.

Same goes with your suit jacket. Except unlike your shirt, it is socially acceptable to have it completely unbuttoned. This is the definition of casually cool.

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Pant Color

If you’re trying to look trendy and easy-going, mixing it up with your pants is the way to go. Try out different colors to see which combos you like best. I’m always a big fan of the navy jacket / grey pants combo (or vice versa). It’s really personal preference.

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Focus on Accessories

If you’re feeling a little bare without the comfort of a tie, try emphasizing other accessories; shoes, cuff links, socks, scarf, etc. Since you’re down an accessory, going for a bolder one is cool.

There you have it, my friends. Now you can master the art of the tie-less look! Like some of my look? Shop this look below.

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Boss Hugo Boss Genesis Slim-Fit Wool Trousers, Light Gray • HUGO BOSS • $195

Men’s To Boot New York ‘Mac’ Wingtip • To Boot • $395

Men’s The Kooples Trim Fit Contrast Collar Poplin Shirt • The Kooples • $97.98

The Kooples – Fitted Suit Jacket w/ Pocket Square Men’s Jacket • The Kooples • $411

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Perspective | Chicago Helicopter Tour

Before it was -3 degrees outside, I had the opportunity of collaborating with an awesome Chicago-based company that’s taking the city to new heights. Literally. If you haven’t already heard of Chicago Helicopter Experience already, then listen up. In their own private heliport located only 8 minutes from the Loop, CHE really changes your perspective on the city – and life.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the little things. Especially this time of year. Between gift-shopping on a budget, end of the year reviews, jam-packed schedules, and everything in between, we forget how lucky we are. Sometimes we’re so focused on outside stresses, that we neglect the beauty that surrounds us. Chicago Helicopter Experience reminds us that life is too short to not make every ordinary day, extraordinary.

Also – if you’re going to take a helicopter tour, why not do it in style? Shop my helicopter look below and let CHE change your perspective.

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Wool Glen Plaid Malcolm Jacket | Theory | $745 

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Wool Glen Plaid Pant | Theory | $345

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Knitted Turtleneck Sweater | Zara | $59.90

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Mason Loafer, Light Brown | Salvatore Ferragamo | $640

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Black & Gold Acetate Glasses | Thom Browne | $560

 

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY: ERIK MARTHALER

A Gentleman’s Armor | Suit Supply

The suit will forever be a wardrobe staple and their evolution since the late 18th century is proof of their fashion resiliency. While we’ve come a long way from frock coats and the notorious zoot suit, the modern suit, like its predecessors, still has a certain air of confidence about it. A man in a suit not only looks like a dapper, Jay Gatsby approved gentleman, but also a successful businessman.

While your clothes should always echo who you are, the suit should do it with subtle conviction. The cut, the fit, the color, the details: they all should conspire to reflect the trust-worthy gentleman you are. Which is where Suit Supply comes in. This company gets it right! Their contemporary suits exude professionalism and style. With shirts in every color + pattern combo you could possibly imagine, the customizing possibilities are endless. I also love the lightweight linen – perfect for summer!