6. Know when to wear a tie (and what kind to wear)
There’s still a place for wearing a tie, but it’s all about setting. Increasingly, getting “dressed up” means wearing a suit without a tie—and that’s allowed Bonobos and other brands to have more fun with shirting.
“Bonobos has shirts with tigers or birds in patterns on them,” Fenton points out. Does Bonobos think men will wear those shirts with ties? Not necessarily, Fenton says. A heavily patterned shirt creates visual “noise” in an outfit, so you don’t necessarily need to wear a tie with it. You can complement that patterned shirt with “quieter” trousers, sport coat, or other layers that will take a visual back seat.
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