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Black tie optional event - suit & tie [image heavy]

post #1 of 3
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Hi,

I will be attending a black tie optional work-related evening event, where about half of the guests will obey the dress code (I can't and I'm not expected to at my level). However, I want to get a formal look without "faking" a black tie.

 

I'll be wearing a dark blue suit, white shirt, white handkerchief, black shoes, etc., but I need help with shirt and tie choice.

 

First, I can choose from two white shirts - one is patterned, the other is plain white with no patterns:

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The plain white looks more formal, but I'm a bit scared of it because the fabric is really thin and I'm not sure if it's note going to be a see-through shirt under artifical lights.

 

Also, I need to choose a tie. The obvious choice is silver tie, but I'm a bit scared it might be giving me a "wedding look".

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I could try a black knit tie:

 

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Dark blue (probably better for daytime):

 

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Or a more aggresive black with white dots:

 

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I tried other ties, but most of them are too "business-like" and not really suitable for evening events... Any tips, suggestions?

post #2 of 3
The dark blue tie probably would be best. The silver tie does look like a wedding tie, and long black ties are not okay in most professions.
post #3 of 3
Many will think you confused black tie with a black neck tie if you choose any of the above other than the blue dots tie.
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