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Wearing a Suit Without a Tie - He Spoke Style
Wearing a Suit Without a Tie - He Spoke Style

Suit Up, Stay Casual

October 12th, 2015

Suits and ties are like peanut butter and jelly – meant to be together. But that doesn’t mean a suit can’t be dressed down. Sometimes you want to wear a suit without all the pomp and circumstance, you know? Here are a few tips for wearing a suit without a tie.

Wearing a Suit Without a Tie - He Spoke Style

If you’re going to dress down your suit, it’s really all about the shirt. Choose one in a fabric with a more casual vibe, like denim or chambray.

Don’t overlook the collar. A shirt with a button-down collar will appear more casual and will also help to keep your collar standing up and in place. This is a good way to go if you’re wearing a more traditional dress shirt.

Wearing a Suit Without a Tie - He Spoke Style

| WEARING | QG Custom suit, Uniqlo shirt, Watch c/o Uniform Wares, Belt and shoes c/o Allen Edmonds | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

To play up the casual nature of a suit without a tie, I always like to keep the top two buttons – not just the top button – unbuttoned. This does two things.

First, unbuttoning the extra button just feels more relaxed. Doing just the top button always feels like being stuck in the middle. Either do it up and add a tie or unbutton it and get comfortable.

Second, it compliments and accentuates the v-shape of the suit jacket’s lapels when it’s buttoned. Visually, this creates a nice line and really helps to frame your face.

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Pick a pocket square with a pattern and/or contrasting edge. A dressed down suit isn’t the place for a crisp white pocket square. Save that for the office. Have a little fun and make sure it complements your outfit rather than matching exactly.

Don’t miss our guide on how to fold a pocket square.

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Chime in: Share your tips for wearing a suit without a tie in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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