Thank you! This is incredibly helpful...going with black satin in a medium size...now just need to figure out which shape I like best.
Need Help Picking Bow Tie for Black Ermenegildo Zegna Satin Peak Lapel Tuxedo - Page 2
Glad I could help.
With what we now call formal wear, less is more. So a boutinnere or pocket square but not both.
For example, if you could find a nice Marcella bid shirt with a turn down collar and stay away from a pleated bib and/or the winged collar, you would look that much better. Even a fly front shirt which requires no studs often works better for most people than pleats, since the style of pleats tend to go in and out of fashion on almost an annual basis.
Also, you should match your cummerbund [pleats up; a.k.a. 'the crumb catcher"] to your tie and lapels, unless you are going for a waistcoat. If you can find a real live black tie waistcoat either V or U front, I seriously doubt anyone will be better dressed than you. You can either match the material for the entire waistcoat or just it's lapels to the lapels on your jacket.
Below is the look I am suggesting. He is wearing a double breasted U-front waistcoat with no lapels or hopefully some matching the ones on his jacket. You can see it is tailored from the same material as his dinner jacket and he went for fabric covered buttons instead of waistcoat studs,Brad's faux pas here is his satin bow tie against gross grain lapels, not to mention the tie should have been a bit larger, as well to balance his face. Otherwise, it is one of the better looks he has ever sported while wearing a dinner jacket. Note also his turn down collar which is the way to look best if you are not going to wear a white or cream pique waistcoat.