Can I Wear a Suit without a Tie? Should I Wear a Tie?

Recently, we’ve been seeing more and more images in the media showing celebrities and politicians appearing on our television screens without the all too familiar tie. For this reason, we’re going to spend time talking about this newly arising phenomenon to address your questions about how to pull off this look properly.

Let’s Take a look at President Barack O’Bama without a tie:


Pulling off this look is actually not too difficult. Here are some tips:

1)Make sure your shirt collar is stiff – starching that collar would be a good idea. In other words, your collar should stand up proud without the supporting clutches of a neck-tie.

2) Make sure that the shirt is well-tailored such that it doesn’t hang off your body and doesn’t look like it’s two sizes too big.

3) This one may seem obvious, but under no circumstances should you button up the top-most button of your shirt when you’re not showing off a tie.

4) Confidence… an essential part of any look.


  1. 1


    February 13, 2010

    8:59 pm

    FYI, If you haven’t sceen it yet, Nordstrom carries a magnetic collar stay. This helps you shirt collar stay straight and stiff. works great check it out.

  2. 2


    May 7, 2010

    6:17 pm

    Why would you need a magnetic stay? That’s ridiculous, there is nothing to magnetize it to! A proper stay that’s going to be extremely rigid is usually brass. If that’s too expensive, plastic stays work fine 90% of the time. Don’t waste your money on a magnetic stay.

  3. 3


    May 20, 2011

    6:56 pm

    Very simple. A suit without a tie is incomplete and, if done on purpose, ridiculous, regardless of what is seen by celebrities and politicians.

  4. 4


    August 10, 2011

    10:17 am

    I agree 100% with hjg above. Please DON’T go down the suit-without-tie path – the look is indeed ridiculous because of the incongruity between the casual open-neck and the formal suit.

  5. 5


    January 22, 2012

    1:30 pm

    If you do not want to wear a tie do not wear a suit. Its rediculous when you see all these middle aged balding men wearing suits withouts ties and trying to be cool. Leave being cool to Brad and George.

  6. 6


    March 16, 2012

    6:34 pm

    Wear a suit however you like. You paid for it. Who cares what other people think.

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