Black tie dressing takes a controversial turn with the introduction of the ‘air tie’ 

Black tie dressing takes a controversial turn with the introduction of the 'air tie' 

As the garment behind the name “black tie” it has long been a must-wear item for gentlemen attending events with such a dress code.   

But now the tried-and-tested formula for black tie dressing has taken a controversial turn, as men are ditching their bow ties and ties in favour of an empty collar. 

Instead they are opting for a so-called “air tie” where men simply wear their shirt collar done up, the way they would to apply a tie, but taking that final part of the equation out and going without a tie.

The done-up collar plays into the idea of formality, but the tie is absent.  Those who have been keeping an eye on the red carpet and what men are wearing in recent months will have noticed celebrities including Ryan Gosling, Michael B Jordan and Harry Styles all donning the look. 

It comes after it was decreed that MPs needn’t wear ties in the House of Commons as part of the dress code in 2017. And last year a study by Travelodge found that only one in ten men wear a tie to work. 

Speaking about the trend, Teo van den Broeke, style director of British GQ magazine, said: “The air tie conveys a sense of nonchalance.

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