It’s always Wednesday. by imsofab featuring artificial flower stems ❤ liked on Polyvore

Longsleeve dress / Zara pointed flat / Givenchy handbag, $420 / Forever 21 peter pan collar necklace / RED Valentino hair band headband, $115 / Tom Ford oversized glasses / Chanel holiday nail polish / AERIN beauty product / Lux Art Silks artificial flower stem / FOREVER 21 Feather Notebook

Losing the Necktie

Conservative commentator Ben Stein once lamented the death of neckties on a CBS Sunday Morning segment eight years ago. This was after the Wall Street Journal reported that only 6% of men wear neckties to work, and claimed that traditional neckwear was being run down by history. Stein’s retort: neckties show you have a bit of class, a sense of organization, and some dignity about yourself. “Plus, the necktie helps cover over a bit of one’s paunchy stomach,” he said. 

Hard to argue with that, although sometimes it’s just easier to forgo neckwear. An open collar is the easiest way to dress down a tailored jacket, and on a really hot day, the extra breathability can be more comfortable as well. Our friend George, who recently opened an Italian menswear shop in Beijing, pulls off these sorts of looks well. Some takeaways:

  • Go for a Knit: Dress shirts sometimes feel a bit empty without neckwear, so consider knits instead. Polos work well for summer; turtlenecks for winter. If you go for a polo, choose something with long sleeves, so a bit of shirt cuff shows (Kent Wang’s are a great affordable buy, although if you have a bit more coin to spend, there’s also Proper Cloth and Ascot Chang). 
  • Grab Casual Shirts: For wear with sport coats, grab a casual shirt. Something made from a chambray, dressy denim, or a brushed flannel should be too casual to wear with a necktie anyway. If you do choose a dressier cotton, try to pick something with a bolder check or stripe. The strong pattern will help take up that negative space on your chest. 
  • Suits Without Ties?: Yes, it’s do-able. Just grab a dressier white shirt (Tom Ford does this look all the time). Probably not right for conservative business environments, but might be good for grabbing drinks afterwork with close friends. 
  • Pick the Right Collar: Above all, make sure your collar can stand on its own without a tie. I find semi-spread collars with medium-soft interlinings are best. For an easy solution, get a button-down collar with a good roll. Those will always stand on their own. 
  • Pay Attention to the Neckline: Seinfeld was right, shirts look better when they have a slightly lowered second button (it just makes for a better looking neckline). Ledbury puts this detail as standard on all their designs. 
  • Pocket Square: Going tie-less almost always requires a pocket square. Just make sure to choose something that’s not too loud – and tamp it down so it’s not exploding three feet in the air. Without a necktie to balance it, a poorly chosen square can sometimes stand out too much. 

So yes, you can wear a suit or sport coat without a necktie. The reverse, however, is almost always a bad idea

Armie Hammer has joined the star-studded cast of Tom Fords Nocturnal Animals, lead by Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, with Aaron Taylor-JohnsonMichael Shannon and Kim Basinger

Here’s the official logline of the movie: Out of the blue, Susan Morrow (Adams) receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband’s first novel. As she reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings (Gyllenhaal). As his ordinary life is violently set off course, Susan is forced to confront her own past. Hammer will be playing Walker Morrow, Adam’s husband.

The actor will be seen next alonsgide Annabelle Wallis in Mine, and he will also star in Nate Parker’s Birth Of A Nation and in Ben Wheatley’s action thriller Free Fire

Inspired outfit for winter by whathayleywore featuring vintage wristwatches

Acne Studios blue sweater, 615 AUD / H M coat, 87 AUD / Yves Saint Laurent high rise jeans, 795 AUD / Stuart Weitzman leather ankle boots, 780 AUD / Proenza Schouler genuine leather handbag, 2 335 AUD / J Crew vintage wristwatch, 135 AUD / Rag bone gray fedora, 270 AUD / Ray-Ban aviator glasses, 315 AUD / Banana Republic thin belt, 69 AUD / Black Apple tech accessory, 63 AUD / Tom Ford blue glasses, 545 AUD