For the modern groom or wedding guest, wearing a suit without a tie is a growing trend. Discover some wonderful alternatives here, to help achieve a cool and contemporary look…
The tie has been a staple of men’s wedding wear for generations, often adding a splash of colour and helping to reflect the wider theme of the big day. But, while dressing to impress is usually a prerequisite for attendance, achieving the right look for ceremonies and receptions need not depend on what’s wrapped around your neck (and let’s face it, most ties end up slapped round the foreheads of air-guitaring uncles by the time it’s dark anyway!)
Here’s how you can hit the right level of formality, stand out from the crowd and build a memorable look without wearing a neck or bowtie.
Firstly, consider your other options for accessorising. A brushed nickel clip across a buttoned collar helps add a sophisticated edge to a suit, while you can also experiment with a gold bar and chain clip, or even a brooch placed centrally between the wings. Paired with or without a tie, clips and bars can add a timeless, stylish element to your look.
But the scope for accessorising doesn’t stop at the collar. If colour is key, consider buttoning down and adding a cravat, which you may match or complement with your handkerchief.
Or, if formality requires, a cravat can be added in place of a necktie over your shirt buttons, tucked into a waistcoat.
What’s your style?
For a more minimal look, and at the height of summer, you may consider an open collar. Paired with a grey or blue jacket, and with the right handkerchief, an open collar doesn’t mean your look has to be any less formal. Hey, if it’s good enough for David Gandy then it’s probably worth your consideration.
And, don’t forget, there’s an ample variety of shirting collars to help you create a point of distinction.
A rounded club collar suits a buttoned-up shirt, while a contrast collar helps you experiment with blocks of colour.
A button down collar is another smart option, while a granddad collar can help you achieve a more bohemian look and works well with more autumnal shades.
Whatever the weather
In winter months, you may even consider swapping out the classic shirt entirely. Paired with a broad grey check men’s suit, a roll neck in black will help you tick all the right boxes, in the church or on the dance floor.
Alternatively, a roll neck in a lighter shade matches well with a grey jacket and trouser and white handkerchief.
And, while style may be at the forefront when packing your wardrobe, functionality and comfort should also be in your thoughts.
In the warmer months, dressing without a tie can keep you cool and crisp and, while others button down as the evening approaches, you’ll maintain a consistent look throughout.
So consider mixing things up and removing instead of adding when crafting your next wedding outfit.
Whether you’re seeking to turn heads, stay comfortable, or if you’re just experimenting with something new, you may find the humble necktie to be the most indispensable suiting accessory you ever left behind.
Our thanks to Suits Direct for this fab feature.
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