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On Trend: The Air Tie

I'm sure you've seen it and wondered if you could pull it off. You've probably even thought, "it just seems like something is missing." Question: can you wear a dress shirt or any collared shirt buttoned to the top, without a tie? YES! This look is called wearing an air tie and it has been around for quite some time now. Usually guys who wear this look are looking to buck trends and express their uniqueness and individual style. However, this look dates back to the days of the old west and was even seen during the industrial revolution in more conventional settings.

Of course in recent times artists, musicians and other creative types have adopted this look and made it their own.

Wearing an air tie doesn't mean that you don't embrace convention, instead quite the opposite, you not only embrace convention but you subvert it to reflect your own personal convictions and challenge traditions. So you see, the air tie is not only a fashion statement but a symbol of defiance to established norms and an act of rebellion, however modest.

Now that we've discussed the origins and social implications of wearing the air tie, let's talk about how to pull it off. First, I recommend wearing a properly sized shirt with a stiff collar (using collar stays is an especially good idea). If you opt for a bold print or colored shirt, balance it out with a darker pant or short. Next, deciding whether to tuck or not is a personal preference, I prefer to tuck. Next, you can decide to wear a blazer, jacket, sweater or you may decide to not wear anything over your shirt. That is perfectly fine too. Go ahead and be a rebel! Stay stylish friends...

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