Should You Wear A Jacket Without A Tie?


Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! In today’s video we discuss the question,
can you wear a jacket without a tie or not? It’s a popular question that we could ask
all the time and it’s probably because you see a lot of men wearing it yet it goes against
traditional style rules. And so in today’s video we’ll answer the question
once and for all, definitively. Can you wear a jacket without a tie? Hell, yes! In this day and age you can wear whatever
you want and no one can hinder you. Of course you know us, and the answer is,
it depends. Why? Because historically men would not wear a
jacket without a tie and we’ll discuss when it’s appropriate to do so when you need a
jacket and all the in-between situations that you might encounter in your everyday life. Also keep in mind just because you can whatever
you want doesn’t mean that it’s always advantageous to wear it and so it’s always good to have
the right purpose for when you dress. For example just look at previous presidents
Barack Obama or George Bush. They would often be seen wearing a suit with a dress shirt
but without a tie. Now they did that purposefully because they
wanted to seem more approachable to the common man and at the same time be presidential. For most other people this is a no-go because
the business suit is simply too formal to be worn without a tie. That being said, if you dress on purpose and
you know what you’re doing, it’s good. Personally I break the rules from time to
time wearing a jacket without a tie is not one of them at least not very often. But I’ll explain to you when I wear a jacket
without a tie and why I usually always have a tie. Here’s some guidelines when you should or
should not wear a tie with a jacket according to traditional style rules. An ideal jacket to be worn without a tie is
one that is very casual and heavily patterned. It could be also made out of a different material
such as linen or cotton or a blend. And they’re just predestined because they’re
by definition more casual and relaxed. Wearing a jacket without a tie is relaxed
too and because of that they go well together. I see a lot of men wearing orphaned suit jackets
that are basically part of a dark business suit but then paired without a tie, it simply
looks odd. A tie or a bow tie or maybe even an ascot
adds a visual interest in your triangle below your face. If you wear a casual combination such as this
sport coat with a pattern as well as a dark blue denim shirt, it also creates some visual
contrast and it still highlights my face. So these are combinations where you can really
forego the tie. In terms of patterns include houndstooth or
Pepita patterns, may be a larger Prince of Wales check and even a smaller one, if you
have bolder colors in your jacket that’s all a good indicator that it can be worn without
a tie. At the same time if you have a jacket that
has stripes in it be it rope stripes, pinstripes or chalk stripes, that always requires some
form of neck wear. That being said never wear a striped jacket
without a matching pair of pants because it will immediately look
like an orphaned suit jacket which is not very flattering. Also a pinstripe suit for example is quite
formal so pairing it with denim or chinos makes it look quite weird. Of course, if you have a coarser linen jacket
in a solid color, that can also be worn without a tie because
the material makes it casual. So you always have to take everything into
consideration. As a general rule, if you have peak lapels
on your jacket you should always wear it with a tie because peak lapels are always more
formal than notch lapels. The second instance when you should wear a
jacket without a tie is when it’s rather casual. Let’s say you’re wearing worn-out boat shoes
maybe with some chinos in a color and a jacket in that case it would look odd to have a tie
because a tie is more formal and the other end is quite informal and you want to avoid
those clashes. At the same time if you for example have loafers,
a pair of chinos, a dress shirt and a blazer you can definitely wear a tie with that because
it’s a little dressier. One combination that I see men wear a lot
is a blazer with denim. In that case, denim is quite informal and
so I suggest you skip the tie. That being said don’t wear black shoes with
your outfit because black shoes are more formal, denim is informal, blazer somewhat in between. If you then wear a white shirt without a tie,
everything looks off in terms of formality and it’s just not a pleasing look. The third time that I don’t wear a tie with
the jacket is when you’re at a moment’s notice. Let’s say you’re at the office and you just
quickly learn that a customer came in and you have a jacket hanging there. Yes, put on
a jacket. It’s more formal than if you had no jacket at all and it’s okay to skip the
tie in that particular situation. But ideally you just have a tie somewhere
that you can put on when you’re required to. The fourth occasion to wear a jacket without
a tie is when you go to a party and you don’t know the dress code. In that case it might make sense to have a
little bow tie tucked away or a regular tie, maybe in the car so you can quickly put it
on. Alternatively though you can maybe even forgo
the jacket because if you’re the only person there in a jacket and everyone else is in
a Hawaii shirt it makes you look really weird. Always keep in mind that piece of neck wear
such as a tie formalizes your outfit and so taking off your jacket but keeping it on your
tie makes you look like a little flower boy at a wedding and it’s not a look you want
to go for. That being said it takes five seconds to take
off a tie and you can learn more about how to do it properly without damaging a tie in
this video here. The fifth occasion when you can forgo a tie
is when you actually stain it. It happened to me before, I stained my tie
during lunch. Now it just looks odd so I just took it off and it creates an overall better
look than having a tie that is stained. The sixth time you can wear a jacket but not
a tie is when your shirt is quite casual. By that I mean you have a summer shirt and
of a linen blend maybe in a pink, orange or yellow tone. Alternatively it could be a shirt with checks
in multiple colors. Also the style of collar has an impact on
it. For example a button-down collar is more casual
and can be worn open very easily without a tie. Also there are shirt collars that are tailored
to be worn without a tie and open and obviously you should not put a tie on those either. As a general rule the more casual your shirt
is the better it is to be worn without a tie. Of course other factors such as accessories
in your jacket come into play as well but just looking at the shirt that’s the rule. So if you decided to wear a jacket without
a tie, here are a few things to keep in mind. One, always wear either a pocket square or
a boutonniere and you can even pull off both. But you need something in your chest pocket
that creates a visual element of interest at the same time it makes your overall appearance
look a lot more polished. If you want to wear a boutonniere as well
as a pocket square without a tie they have to really work well together and balance each
other out. By that I mean, choose a flower that’s very
small and unassuming such as this small blue boutonniere which you can find in our shop
here. You want to avoid bright boutonniere and pockets
square colors because otherwise it’s too flashy. Also consider the size of your lapel, if you
have a very skinny lapel, I’d probably skip the boutonniere. If it’s medium to wide you can add one but
always avoid a large boutonniere in bright colors with a pocket square because it looks
just odd without a tie. Alright now that you know when you can skip
the tie, let’s talk about the occasions when your jacket always requires one. You need a tie whenever you wear a suit which
means you wear a matching pair of pants and a jacket. It’s made out of the same fabric And to learn more about suits, how they should
fit, suit lingo and all the details that you need to look dapper, please check out these
videos here. A suit is generally quite formal especially
when it’s a darker business suit. There may be exceptions to that for example
if you have a tobacco Brown linen suit and in that case you might forgo the tie but as
a general rule if you wear a suit a tie is always the best choice. The reason is that the tie is a visual focal
point that ties the outfit together. Frankly I made this mistake once when I applied
for law school. I wore a dark navy single-breasted business
suit with a red silk pocket square, a white shirt and without a tie. I thought I didn’t want to be too formal and
skip the tie but looking back I should have just chosen a different outfit altogether. At the end of the day if you wear a suit,
you show that you respect traditional clothes rules and because of that you should wear
it properly with some neckwear. The second occasion where you need a tie with
your jacket is if you incorporate a lot of traditional business colors. Let’s say you have a dark navy blazer with
a pair of gray flannel pants, overall that is a
combination which is generally less formal in a suit but it’s a very business appropriate
combination and because of that should always have a necktie. If you’re not a friend of neckties or you
want to be different you can also try to wear an ascot or maybe a bow tie. And to learn more about how to tie a bow tie,
what to choose, please check out the video here. And also for ascots we have tying instructions
so they look neat and stay in place all day. Of course if you want a great selection of
quality men’s neckties in different sizes as well as bowties and ascots, please check
out our shop here. The third event where you should wear a jacket
with a tie are very formal and dignified events such as funerals. At those events you never want to look half
dressed and at the wedding some people might forego the tie but at a funeral you certainly
can never forgo the tie because it’s a solemn event that you attend because you want to
show respect to the deceased as well as the family. To learn more about funeral etiquette please
check out this video here. Of course, you guessed it! We also have an entire series about wedding
attire, do’s and don’ts and you can check that out here. The fourth time you should always wear a tie
with your shirt and jacket is if your shirt collar is not conducive to being worn without
a tie. That’s the case if your collar is too big
and would collapse on itself without the stability of the tie or if the shirt collar tips would
make their way out on top of the lapel because that’s a very 70s
look that makes it look pretty dated. Likewise if you have formal collars with a
larger spread I suggest you go with a tie. At the same time if you have a button-down
collar for example they’re more conducive to be worn without a tie. Definitely always wear a tie with your jacket
if otherwise your undershirt would peek out from underneath your collar. Some men love undershirts and that’s fantastic
and we even did an entire guide about undershirts, the do’s and don’ts but if your undershirt
is really a t-shirt and it peeks out underneath your shirt collar when it’s unbuttoned it’s
simply a no-go and a fashion faux pas. So you have two options, either you wear a
tie or necktie or ascot or you get an undershirt that has a deep cut out so it doesn’t show
and that way you can forego the tie. The sixth time to wear a tie is when you have
formal dress shirts. What makes dress shirts formal? We have an entire guides about that but in
a nutshell if your dress shirt features French cuffs for cufflinks, then it’s formal and
should be worn with a tie. If your dress shirt is solid white and has
French cuffs, the same is true. Last but not least if you have a Winchester
shirt which means you have either a contrasting color which is usually white or a contrasting
color and shirt cuffs then that makes it more formal and you should always wear it with
a tie. In today’s outfit I am wearing my jacket without
a tie because I chose a casual blue and white checked summer jacket from Gagliardi. I opted for a dark blue denim shirt which
is not ironed and therefore quite casual. My slacks are baby blue and provide a visual
contrast to my jacket as well as my olive green suede tassel loafers. The belt obviously matches the shoes and my
pocket square really stands out because it has this sunflower orange yellow yet it has
a little paisley pattern that is larger than my check but it picks up the color of blue
from my shirt and from my jacket as well as the green from my shoes and therefore it ties
it all well together. For socks, I usually wear over the calf styles
from Fort Belvedere in this case I went with a prototype for no-show socks which
only works during this summer and I just want to see how it feels and whether they stay
up because it’s a big issue with no-show socks. If you enjoyed this video definitely check
out our guide on cuff styles as well as our shirt series and our suit series I’m sure
you’ll love it.

100 Replies to “Should You Wear A Jacket Without A Tie?

  1. What about seersucker suits? I love the look and feel. I just cant find how to wear them in regards to the tie, shoes and accesdories

  2. My personal feeling on this is that if I am wearing a jacket without a tie I wear an oxford cloth button down. To me, a jacket and regular dress shirt without a tie makes it look like an outfit that is missing something. The button-down collar is inherently more casual so makes the combination work better.

  3. Let's just say Antonio Centeno inspired me to wearing a jacket without a tie. More fashion forward these days plus alot dressier than wearing the usual tees and jeans.

  4. Raphael, you said that if you have a peak lapels on your jacket, you should always wear it with a tie, but obviously double-breasted jackets always have a peak lapels, on 2:06 you go against that rule with double breasted jacket without a tie, and it looks very good. Is that such a faux pas to wear for example a patterned single breasted jacket with peak lapels skipping a tie? Especially considering that double breasted jackets always look more formal.
    By the way, thank you very much that your channel exist, it’s gorgeous.

  5. I've always loved suits, but can't say I'm exactly in the right place to do so, I live in a very rural country town in indiana and I don't think I'd make great impressions being over dressed to everyone here, with that I'm also a large guy, so I have no idea how a suit would look on me, would you think it would be worth it for me to wear one? Maybe a couple?

  6. At my office there is no set dress code so everyone is all over the place. Most do not wear jackets, some wear ties without jackets and a tiny percentage wear suit and tie.

    We had a VIP in today that I was going to be escorting from briefing to briefing and I paid a lot of attention to what men were wearing and I saw so many style mistakes. Blue jackets with black pants, jackets and pants that were of similar shade but not the same and not a single pocket square except mine. I was by far the best dressed with suit, odd vest with pocket watch, tie, square and socks and shoes with colors that complemented each other. A lot of it thanks to you Sven, keep up the good work.

  7. I'd like a vid about which tie knot to use with which fabric of tie. I've discovered that some knots just don't hold with a silk tie and end up looking loose and scruffy etc.

  8. I'm glad that you are making videos that are more applicable to modern times. I love the history, but it's not always applicable. This is the good stuff! Great video.

  9. Can you wear a jacket without at tie? Absolutely yes, to the right occasion. Alas, I am not always a good judge of when is the right occasion.

  10. A Jacket without a tie is fine just make sure you aren't going somewhere that requires a tie. When I'm @ work I follow traditional work clothes. It's a twill 3 button jacket, twill waistcoat, and trousars. The shirt usually worn is a band collar. If you where a club collar you can where a tie if you like. Off work I wear a suit 3 button coat or a frock coat with or without a tie depending where I'm going……..Formal of course is a tailcoat, dinner jacket, or if daytime a Morning suit.

  11. Thanks for that great video! I usually go without a tie, and occasionally feel like the look is "off." These guidelines should help. Also, what brand denim shirt are you wearing? Are there other brands that you would recommend?

  12. I do this all the time. I also do it with less formal coloured suits. The tailor/designer Oswald Boateng does it all the time and what's good enough for him is good enough for me

  13. Raphael, the bit where you dismissed the shirt collar over the jacket as too 70s made me laugh. Do you know that most or many (obviously I can't speak for everyone but I've see comments before so am inferring I am correct) of see your own style as 1930s, 40s or 50s? That said style of those eras was great and we can all learn a lot from it as we can from you and your magnificent uncompromising taste. Yes we may want to adjust here and there or do our own thing at times but what a grounding and foundation you give us with your great advice 🙂

  14. Hmm, how do you feel about undoing the second button on a shirt when you're not wearing a tie? The top button should be undone but I feel undoing the second button makes a man look like a pimp.

  15. What do you do when the jacket comes with the pocket sewn shut? Have it opened to fit a square? Or, leave it sewn shut?

  16. I've been meaning to ask. How does one dress like a gentleman when the dress code prohibits anything but a specific, yet sloppy looking, outfit?

  17. I find that if your shirt has print, it looks like you chose to omit your tie rather than like you took your tie off partway through the night.

  18. Excellent video. I wore a jacket without a tie the other day and I started to wonder. Now, I know for sure. Gentleman's Gazette once again very helpful!

  19. First time in a while I dont like your outfit in the video… that shirt just doesn't look right. I think its the way the collar sits…

  20. I love watching your videos,they are so interesting and informative. Does your wife have a channel about women’s wear?

  21. Historically things vary historically. Anyways, ties are far overrated and I do not find them comfortable, at all. You do not need to wear a pocket square either. There are those of us who do not work in an office and are not business people.

  22. This has nothing to do with the video, but I was wondering if I could wear a cardigan with a hood with my suits and sport coats?

  23. Good video,
    however I believe keeping your second or third button down from the collar button unbuttoned looks bad. Nobody wants to see if you have chest hair. Unless you hang out at pickup bars, and like to show yourself off… LOL
    Mock turtleneck undershirt or a turtle neck "dickey" looks causal but not too 1970 "playboy" if you don't button your shirt up.

  24. i don't like a tie with a striped or colored shirt unless the tie is the Samish color, one of the exceptions is a tattersel shirt but then with a straight colored wool tie, no silk.

  25. Need some advice…I haven’t worn a tie in a long time, but I have a large tie collection that’s about 20-25 years old….they are beautiful and high quality ties…but in those days they were 3 – 3.5 inches wide….does this mean I can no longer wear them and have to buy a bunch of new skinnier ties?

  26. My father grew up in a very Victorian style household and told me that not wearing a tie and unbuttoning the collar was considered to be casual and possibly sexy if chest hair was visible. Only wear in situations where you wish to project that image. Otherwise button up and use neckwear to make yourself look good. Victorian era rules…

  27. Sven, I need to buy an engagement ring. What would you say are the best brand of rings in Europe for this purpose?

  28. Historically men worn jackets without a tie all the time, the photographic evidence is overwhelming from the 20s onwards.

  29. Sometimes i watch your video presentations.
    You are a likeable man, but your colour combinations are just off.
    Let's say early 70th.?
    I also don't know where you dig up those funny suits?
    You mentioned ones that you visit thrift stores.
    If you get your wardrobe there you are doing a good job.
    I must admit.

  30. I wear a suit without a tie. A tie in some offices is considered too formal. But a suit without a tie can still work

  31. I started my classic men's wardrobe from scratch in mid March after becoming a big fan of your channel. In the last five months, I've spent around $4,000 collecting clothing and shoes. This is purely for the love of classic style. My lifestyle does not require anything formal.
    Perhaps my story would make a good video.

  32. Mr. Rafael i want you to try some different hairstyles…..there are many classic hairstyles u can pull off with your classic style…one being modern day sidepart with bit of volume….just have a keratin treatment to straighten your curl…

  33. Why, oh why, isn't there a channel like this for women? Substance and history instead of vapid fashion tips. Is there? I have not been able to find it. 🙁 Sigh…

  34. Hello, I am working on my look and I am very curious, are the vintage suits from the website "atom retro" any good? Or are they laughable and cheap?

  35. Hi Sven! My question is unrelated to this video. Can you do a video teaching us about vintage shopping? You recommend buying vintage jackets but how can we avoid buying something that just looks like a old out of style piece? Thank you!

  36. Damn. I always rock a sports jacket, jeans/trousers/chinos, white shirt..without tie. Been doing it "wrong" all the time? Opinions?

  37. Sven, could you please give me some assistance? I have a very bold, creamy paisley tie that, in itself, steals the show. I'm having trouble finding a pocket swuare that would highlight any of the colours, because adding a pocket square already feels too much. Is it possible to omit the pocket square when wearing a bold tie? Thank you!

  38. Hello Sven! Yet another awesome video! I believe it would be be nice if you'd make a video on how to wear suspenders (Without a vest). I know they're not meant to be shown but it's fun to break the rules sometimes, is it not?
    Also, a video on how to dress up in school and college as this one is really confusing me.

  39. If Barack Obama, George Bush and Prince Harry can do so: yes, of course.
    It is some sort of casual wear and shows that those persons are out of business and talking informally with each other.
    Traditionally, when offial talks were over (or the ceremonial part of a wedding), people took off their tie and opened the top button to indicate the beginning of the informal part.
    And of course, you should wear a tie ( neck tie, not a bow tie) for a job interview.

  40. I'm not sure if you changed the microphone or something in the audio file, but I love the sound in this video!

  41. What about when you need to work near or with machinery ?
    A standard tie could get caught which leads to potentially lethal situations …

  42. Sven, you are very much more conservative than I am, but a denim shirt should never come near a jacket, not even on a duck hunt.

  43. This man's boot cut/ straight fit pants and rectangular frame is killing me. Good fit is critical for gentleman so is an inverted triangle frame.

  44. of course it works, outside of formal events wearing a tie is considered inappropriate by many people anyways, you can still layer your clothing and all of that without one 🙂

  45. 7:35
    I am watching the video and I noticed that your shirts don’t fit properly.
    I think it’s just the cut, it’s seems that he buttons are misaligned.
    I once bought a shirt from a discount store with the same issue, never again.
    In general the tailoring of your clothing is off, from pants at the cuff, polo shirts to tight.
    There something not working, ai think it could be tailoring or quality of some pieces paired with your outfits.

  46. you should do a dissection of the peaky blinders clothing style, I would love to see your opinion on it, great videos as always!

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