Less is more
By Josh Woodfin, 19 July 2014
When it comes to matters of style, when more isn't more (see: longline tees, Hawaiian prints), less is definitely more – got it? Good. This is where the air tie comes in. It's really just a clever name for doing the top button on your shirt up and not wearing a tie when you get smart for a formal event. Taking cues from mods, 90s minimalists and 80s new-wavers, the air tie works best with a really nice spread-collar shirt under a great suit or blazer.
It's also got history with punk and other anti-authoritarian movements and, of course, was a favourite for those cool school kids looking to annoy the teachers. If you wear an air tie to the next family wedding, you're sure to raise a few eyebrows amongst the traditionalists, but that's half the fun of it.
A young Mick Jagger was a huge fan of the air tie, while other fans of the air tie include director David Lynch, A$AP Rocky, Harry Styles, Pharrell and actor (and soon to be one quarter of The Fantastic Four), Michael B Jordan. Try it out with a black or navy suit and a crisp white Oxford shirt.
A$AP Rocky could teach a masterclass in how to wear (or not, as it were) the air tie.
Harry Styles uses his mastery of the air tie as an opportunity to wear this monochrome patterned T-shirt.
Michael B Jordan rocks a burgundy shirt and air tie for a look that says, 'Man, I'm rebellious.'