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    #16
    It's pretty common in finance and law office in New York. Guys keep a stash of ties in their desk drawers for client meetings and take them off once a client leaves. I wear suits without a tie all the time. It's far better than when I worked for a financial firm that required a tie but not a suit. That was really stupid. A suit with out a tie can look elegant if it's well tailored. I also always wear a pocket square, which helps complete the look.

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      #17
      Originally posted by joekloo View Post
      I think it depends on the suit. Sounds like your current suits may be on the more formal side and then I would agree that a tie may be needed. But, I actually really like the casual suit no tie look (linen suit or patch pockets / unstructured shoulders). I am on the shorter side and I think having the suit with consistent color sometimes looks better on me then having a different color sport coat that breaks up the lines.
      Yeah, you could be on to something there. My suits are on the more formal side. If I could find a more casual suit (if such a thing exists) then that might be a gateway drug to dressing without a tie.

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        #18
        Originally posted by DocDave View Post
        Yeah, you could be on to something there. My suits are on the more formal side. If I could find a more casual suit (if such a thing exists) then that might be a gateway drug to dressing without a tie.
        I think Suit Supply's entire line of suits falls more on the casual side. By casual, I mean contemporary and not traditional btw, and can see all of them being fine, sans tie.

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          #19
          as an aside, I don't know how I feel about a waistcoat without a tie. Thoughts on that?

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            #20
            I have several waistcoats that I bought from JC. I used to wear them semi-regularly during the winter months, but last winter for the first time I didn't wear them. Not sure why...Oh and to answer your question I always wore them with a tie.

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              #21
              good, ties are antiquated and literally serve no functional purpose. everything else in mens wear serves at least some purpose. next up, we need to get rid of collars on dress shirts

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                #22
                Originally posted by Scofield View Post
                good, ties are antiquated and literally serve no functional purpose. everything else in mens wear serves at least some purpose. next up, we need to get rid of collars on dress shirts
                I'm mostly with you on ties. Not collars.

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                  #23
                  Personally, I would take the opportunity to purchase some fun patterned suits. I disagree with [MENTION=2341]LesserBlackDog[/MENTION] that even non-traditional suits look strange without a tie. I think if you got something in a prince of whales check, houndstooth, or tattersall pattern tieless is a great option. Same goes for less formal suiting materials like linen or cotton.

                  Solid color traditional suiting looks so awkward without a tie, especially with a white shirt (no offense to the purveyor of this site). Patterned shirts would certainly help too, but keep rocking the tie until you get more creative with your suiting IMO.

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                    #24
                    If you have to be without ties, can you at least increase the number of pockets for snacks?

                    Asking for a friend...
                    https://www.professorhorseyhead.com

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                      #25
                      If you think you look better with a tie on, then wear it. When everybody wears ill-fitting or badly looking clothes, you don't copy them, do you?

                      I'm in a tie-required-but-jacket-optional office. You bet I wear a full suit on or a sport coat.

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