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Christmas party....what to wear? Black jacket, black pants, ___ shirt, ___ tie?

post #1 of 12
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Im just outta school and I'm not really a suit wearer (maybe 1-2 times a year when the occasion calls for it), but my workplace is hosting their annual Christmas party at a well known hotel ballroom. Last year, I didn't care much and went with my standard black suit (white dress shirt without tie) and felt like an absolute fool because I was the only one tie-less.

Let's say I'm going to make an "effort" to do something different this year. I'm on a low budget, but shopping around, I found a Kenneth Cole Slim Fit Dark Violet/Purple w/ Satin Stripe dress shirt (16.0, 34/35) to my liking. The dark violet/purple is very similar to this - http://www.thepurplestore.com/images...B002LUOG02.jpg - but there are vertical satin stripes.

I'm not sure how well the violet will match with my black jacket/pants, but more importantly, what colour tie should I buy? Solid white, solid silver?

Also, I'm thinkin' of goin skinny tie since I'm 6'0, 157lbs, long/lanky/toned build.....

Thoughts, suggestions?


...
(or should I just scrap this whole purple shirt idea and go standard white shirt/black skinny tie? )
post #2 of 12
Return the shirt - it will look really contrived if you wear it with a black suit and silver tie, and finding a tie to match that will be difficult. You are not restricted to either a purple shirt or a white shirt. What sort of industry/company is it? Do others go to a big effort to scrub up? Maybe you can have a look in the WAYWT thread to get some combinations and ideas.
post #3 of 12
do you have something other than a black suit? What kind of dress does the invitation call for? What kind of company is it and what is the general style at the office? If its a fairly conservative place, black suit/purple shirt would seem a little too out of step with everyone else. Its also really hard to find a tie to match those 2 colors, I'd think the only option would be black, and even that wouldn't be good. Absolutely, positively don't wear a white or silver tie with that.

If you have a different suit, or even a sportcoat, I'd go with that, a white shirt, and (again if you have it or are willing to buy it) a tartan tie or something, a nice seasonal touch.
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Originally Posted by Confucius View Post
Return the shirt - it will look really contrived if you wear it with a black suit and silver tie, and finding a tie to match that will be difficult. You are not restricted to either a purple shirt or a white shirt.

What sort of industry/company is it? Do others go to a big effort to scrub up?

Maybe you can have a look in the WAYWT thread to get some combinations and ideas.

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do you have something other than a black suit? What kind of dress does the invitation call for? What kind of company is it and what is the general style at the office? If its a fairly conservative place, black suit/purple shirt would seem a little too out of step with everyone else. Its also really hard to find a tie to match those 2 colors, I'd think the only option would be black, and even that wouldn't be good. Absolutely, positively don't wear a white or silver tie with that.

If you have a different suit, or even a sportcoat, I'd go with that, a white shirt, and (again if you have it or are willing to buy it) a tartan tie or something, a nice seasonal touch.

Very small insurance brokerage company. Do others suck up? Not that I know of.

No dress code indicated on the invitation but most came in suits/dresses last year, didn't recall seeing anyone in a tux.

General style at the office is casual. It's not mandatory to wear pants/collared shirt (tucked in) but most do. I've seen my bosses in sports polos before. I mostly wear sweaters, wovens or knit tops now...really not very strict (just no jeans, tshirt, etc.).

Unfortunately I don't have another suit...been wearing this one for quite a while now..I suppose I can invest in a new one but it's bad timing (only have 3 days left) and really, am I gonna buy a new one just for the party?!?!?

I do understand what you mean when you say "contrived" or "out of place"...I'm the youngest male in the office by 4-5 years, 2nd youngest overall, so I do have a "rebellious" attitude to me (I want to wear a skinny tie lol). IMO everyone's gonna be either in their "business attire" (white shirt/red tie, light blue shirt/navy blue tie - I have no reason why) or standard white shirt/black tie and I just don't want to look like a clone.

But hey, maybe it's important that I do?
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post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by lektrix View Post
Very small insurance brokerage company. Do others suck up? Not that I know of.

No dress code indicated on the invitation but most came in suits/dresses last year, didn't recall seeing anyone in a tux.

General style at the office is casual. It's not mandatory to wear pants/collared shirt (tucked in) but most do. I've seen my bosses in sports polos before. I mostly wear sweaters, wovens or knit tops now...really not very strict (just no jeans, tshirt, etc.).

Unfortunately I don't have another suit...been wearing this one for quite a while now..I suppose I can invest in a new one but it's bad timing (only have 3 days left) and really, am I gonna buy a new one just for the party?!?!?

I do understand what you mean when you say "contrived" or "out of place"...I'm the youngest male in the office by 4-5 years, 2nd youngest overall, so I do have a "rebellious" attitude to me (I want to wear a skinny tie lol). IMO everyone's gonna be either in their "business attire" (white shirt/red tie, light blue shirt/navy blue tie - I have no reason why) or standard white shirt/black tie and I just don't want to look like a clone.

But hey, maybe it's important that I do?

Hi Letrix.

In line with the guys suggestions so far, most here would reccomend avoiding a black suit for such affairs. Blue, grey, and charcoal are more appropriate, and quite honestly far more versatile. Given your description of yourself, I reckon a you would find a charcoal suit the best.
That being said, given that you are limited on funds and time, and I think one should take the time to find a suit that fits their body type and personality instead of rushing out to get one for a quick occassion, I'd suggest this:

Presuming you stick with the black suit and not a sports coat (another good suggestion), stick with the white shirt as well. Good shoes and belt. Add a crisp white linen pocket square with tv fold. For skinny ties, I saw some nice patterns reasonably priced in darker colors by Theory (was at Nm or Bloomingdales I think) not too long ago.

Most importantly, be comfortable and confident in what you wear, and just enjoy yourself. Good luck and have fun.

-P-
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Originally Posted by Profacio View Post
Hi Letrix.

In line with the guys suggestions so far, most here would reccomend avoiding a black suit for such affairs. Blue, grey, and charcoal are more appropriate, and quite honestly far more versatile. Given your description of yourself, I reckon a you would find a charcoal suit the best.
That being said, given that you are limited on funds and time, and I think one should take the time to find a suit that fits their body type and personality instead of rushing out to get one for a quick occassion, I'd suggest this:

Presuming you stick with the black suit and not a sports coat (another good suggestion), stick with the white shirt as well. Good shoes and belt. Add a crisp white linen pocket square with tv fold. For skinny ties, I saw some nice patterns reasonably priced in darker colors by Theory (was at Nm or Bloomingdales I think) not too long ago.

Most importantly, be comfortable and confident in what you wear, and just enjoy yourself. Good luck and have fun.

-P-

Thanks for the suggestion. IIRC, most people last year were in black suits last year .

If I get a sports coat, wouldn't it look weird because it most likely won't match my pants? I have a ton of dress pants, but colours look "off" sometimes.

What tie colour would you guys recommend? Something dark? Maroon, navy blue, charcoal?

Do I need to get a tie clip?
post #8 of 12
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most people last year were in black suits

Wow, you should direct them here ASAP!

A blazer or sport coat shouldn't match your pants exactly like a suit does. For a tie, I'd recommend something bright and chipper with a pattern since this is for a festive event. You can skip the tie clip in favor of a white linen pocket square if you want.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Montrachet View Post
Wow, you should direct them here ASAP!

A blazer or sport coat shouldn't match your pants exactly like a suit does. For a tie, I'd recommend something bright and chipper with a pattern since this is for a festive event. You can skip the tie clip in favor of a white linen pocket square if you want.

Haha I should but then it'd be weird seeing coworkers on the forums...

Yeah but wouldn't it look weird then? What if the pants are a lighter shade of black than the jacket? Or charcoal jacket and black pants?
post #10 of 12
You're going to look like waiter in a black suit, white shirt, and skinny black tie, regardless of how well each item of clothing fits. You're going to look worse in that purple shirt you posted.
post #11 of 12
Get y'all black tees on, all black everything
Black cards, black cars, all black everything
post #12 of 12
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Please recommend me a shirt and tie. Maroon, bergundy, dark red tie?
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