Tips for casually wearing a tie

Lawyers, accountants, politicians and marketing executives are some of the professionals whose overall appearance is almost synonymous with suits and neck ties.

Lawyers, accountants, politicians and marketing executives are some of the professionals whose overall appearance is almost synonymous with suits and neck ties. Because of the nature of their work, they have to adhere to a strict code of dress, social etiquette, even character.

But what happens to the rest of us “loose agents” of this world? Much as we may derive inspiration from the dress code of these be suited professionals, not all of us are doctors and lawyers and accountants. Well, not all of us hold “serious” jobs like that.

What this can only mean is that, even when we want to suit and tie up like our lawyer friends, we want to do it our way. In other words, armed with the same pieces of apparel, most people will still go for a less serious look. Yes, the neck tie can afford you just as much of a casual look as that Polo shirt over jeans, if only you learn how to play by the rules. Rules like these …  

Rule Number One:

No matter how casual you’re trying to be, never wear a tie with shorts. Some guys like to leave the skinny back part of their tie hang free like a kite. Showing both parts of the tie certainly loosens up your appearance.

Also, stay away from super bright or obnoxious colours. Chances are you will turn out more loud than casual.

If you’re going to an event, first make sure it’s appropriate to wear a tie casually before showing up and attracting the “odd man out” tag.

If you’re wearing a blazer, it must clearly be a casual blazer.

No fancy sport coats. However, sweaters are a great alternative to jackets for casual tie wearing.

First things first – you don’t need to be in a suit in order to wear a tie. In fact, with such things as casual Fridays gaining momentum in the corporate sections of this town, more men are finding ways to wear a necktie and turn it into a casual look.

Not only does this show that you have style and aren’t afraid to veer from the norm, but you’ll look sophisticated without over trying.

If you’re trying to look casual, don’t button the top button of your shirt.

Tighten your knot to the point where it holds the collar together and doesn’t look sloppy.

Casual ties are usually slightly narrower than formal ties. Try to keep the width around three inches.

By having a slimmer tie you immediately create a more casual look.

Avoid shiny silk neckties. Save them for professional matters. For the casual look, stick with ties that show rich texture.

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