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post #31 of 133
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Can I try all three? And why can't the tie and PS be the same color?

post #32 of 133

The pocket square is a separate accessory.  It's meant to add contrast.  A matching PS defeats this purpose.  You will see some ties sold with a matching PS.  Throw it away or wear it with a different tie.

 

You can do all three if you want.  But you can look a little over the top if most of the men aren't wearing a boutonniere or PS.  Nice thing about the PS is that you can pull it out and stuff it in your pocket if need be.

post #33 of 133

It gets easier with practice.  You learn what you like and what you don't like.  Don't get too caught up in the process.  The goal is to dress well, but it's also about having a good time at the ball.  Don't forget that part.  Have a good time.  Post a picture when you put it all together if you're comfortable with that.  Just remember that you'll invariably get posts suggesting changes.

post #34 of 133
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Originally Posted by ElDave View Post


Correct. From my experience at college "formals" there's a lot of the black shirt + satin tie look. I used to get tons of compliments by simply wearing a clean white shirt and a standard Brooks Brothers tie with a navy suit.


It's good to be reminded the foundation of style cause I know I'll need it in the back of my head going through this process, I'm still leaning on the black on black right now, but I'll take that to heart. Thank you for the feedback on that.

post #35 of 133
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Absolutely, I can wholeheartedly agree to that. Thank you for the advice, I'll post the picture soon with what I have and we'll go from there. Thanks again!

post #36 of 133
Black suit + Black shirt was extremely popular in high school. I always associated people who wore that combination as style illiterate, but that is just my opinion.
post #37 of 133
Last night I was subjected to watching a traumatising episode of toddlers and tiaras. The male judge was wearing a black shirt and a black suit, he looked like a fool. Surely your a better man then the douche on t.v but I would try a different outfit.
post #38 of 133
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Black suit + black tie does not look good. Some rules were meant to be broken but not this one.
I always associate pin striped suits with daytime business wear.
If its the only suit you've got then make the best of it but if you have options a solid black or better yet solid midnight blue (almost black and will look black in dim light but is more versatile) is better. Solid white shirt and silk tie ( colurful if you like but preferably not plain shiney satin) will work as stated above. White pocket square in a TV fold or reflecting a colour in your tie or shirt if ithe shirt's not white will finish it off. Do not have perfectly matching tie and square, that's a noob move.
Dress like this and you might not be the one that everyone is staring at but you will look suavely understated and classy in a more subtle way than the wacky guy in the purple tux, and you will not cringe when you look back on the photos in ten years time like he will.

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Everything else takes far more practice and you don't have enough time for that.
post #39 of 133
Yeah my mistake I meant black suit + black shirt.
post #40 of 133
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

If you're going to do a black suit/black shirt, go for a lighter shade of tie.  I would think basic red, royal blue, or maybe a medium purple would work.  Anyone else?



 



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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Of course, the pocket square!  How could I forget.  Yes, definitely do a pocket square.  White is a safe color, but you can pick something that compliments the tie.  For example, you can do a red tie with a green silk pocket square.



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post #41 of 133
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When it doubt, assume yes and move on.
post #42 of 133
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Here's the thing, I know that I may not have the technical or style know-how like many people on this forum. I came here to hear what people had to share and take from those opinions information that I find valid. Maybe it's my egregious sense of style compared to everyone else here, I'm not sure. It seems like there is a consistent theme that black on black is immature and therefore, disregarded. As I'm sure you've all seen, there have been other people/celebrities to try the style and it had worked. Yes I get how George Clooney may be the only one and I am NOT George Clooney, but why only them? I guess what I'm asking is where does this hate for black on black come from? Rather than being dismissive and saying highschool/troll/immature, respond in more technical terms I suppose. Why can't it work? Why have people still tried if it's such a fashion no-no even beyond the age of high school? I'm more than willing to listen and if need be put in some change in the outfit if the argument is valid, I enjoy hearing differing opinions. 

post #43 of 133
If you would let us enjoy a photograph of your "black on black" ensemble, I am sure that your desire to enjoy differing opinions about it will come true.

Who's George Clooney?
post #44 of 133

Here's a story about why it can't work:

 

Was sitting in a bar with a few friends after a formal event. One of my friends was wearing a black shirt and black suit while the rest of us were in more SF accepted combinations (I hope). Myself in a grey Prince of Wales check suit, light blue oxford shirt and burgundy wool knit tie). My all-black-wearing friend picked up our now empty glasses and headed to the bar to get some more drinks. Whilst carrying these empty glasses a young guy lightly grabbed his cuff and politely ordered some food for himself and his table, it was not until interrupted by my all-black-clad friend that he became aware he was a customer and not a waiter simply clearing tables.

 

If you are mistaken for barstaff in an outfit you deemed appropriate for a formal event you have not dressed correctly! 

 

Also: I'm going to quote my favourite style blogger 'Nice Try, Bro' in explaining why people still dress that way beyond high school - "Because most people are clueless troglodytes" 

 

If you want some good inspiration for great suiting combinations check out here: http://ethandesu.tumblr.com/

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Here's a story about why it can't work:

Was sitting in a bar with a few friends after a formal event. One of my friends was wearing a black shirt and black suit while the rest of us were in more SF accepted combinations (I hope). Myself in a grey Prince of Wales check suit, light blue oxford shirt and burgundy wool knit tie). My all-black-wearing friend picked up our now empty glasses and headed to the bar to get some more drinks. Whilst carrying these empty glasses a young guy lightly grabbed his cuff and politely ordered some food for himself and his table, it was not until interrupted by my all-black-clad friend that he became aware he was a customer and not a waiter simply clearing tables.

If you are mistaken for barstaff in an outfit you deemed appropriate for a formal event you have not dressed correctly! 

I have read similar cautionary stories on AAAC, sometimes with the phrase "tally-ho!" in it.

The immortal iDreaded-Mistaken-for-a-Waiter Tale.
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