I have an upcoming black-tie event, and I purchased an interesting silk bow tie today. Its black but with small X's and O's, and it ties a beautiful knot. The pattern is only visible from up close, and it at a casual glance the tie appears black but with with some added depth and texture. That being said, the silk is a little dull. In any case, I'm always terrified of departing from tradition, yet I feel this is a fairly classy way to add some visual interest--I plan on wearing it with a double-breasted dinner jacket with very shiny satin lapels. Do you think I would be better served with a plain shiny bow tie to complement the lapels? Is this bow tie an acceptable or reprehensible indulgence?
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6/19/06 at 2:45pm