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Help with black tie creative! Need interesting ideas.

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I need some help with a suit/tux for a charity ball. It's technically not black tie, but about half the guys will be wearing tuxes, however about a third will inevitably be underdressed. Anyway, I want something more creative to stand out than just a tux and black bowtie. Any ideas? Feel free to link to suits, ties, outfits, anything. It's at night and it'll be cold. Also, it's in 4 days so getting a new suit is out of the question, but shoes, shirt, tie, isn't. I have a good amount of navy and gray suits as that's my work wardrobe, and I have a black tux. Thanks for the help.

Was thinking: Black tux with black tie, a navy suit with a dark (oxblood, brown or gray solid tie, or dressy bowtie) or a gray suit with navy, dark red or striped tie or bowtie.
post #2 of 10
How about a velvet smoking jacket
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

That would be nice, however, it's only a few days away so no time to find one and get it tailored.  I have to work with what i have.  Thanks for the reply though.  

post #4 of 10
In that case....do the tux, Get a large bow tie...something with some umph.....
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Haha what do you mean by "umph"? Solid non-black color? Or just large black?
post #6 of 10
I would advise against trying to be too 'creative'. Adding unusual elements to black tie in an attempt to stand out rarely ends well. Wear the dinner jacket, and if you want to add something different, perhaps wear a fun pair of cufflinks. Or might I suggest a black velvet bowtie?
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by EriQ009 View Post

I would advise against trying to be too 'creative'. Adding unusual elements to black tie in an attempt to stand out rarely ends well. Wear the dinner jacket, and if you want to add something different, perhaps wear a fun pair of cufflinks. Or might I suggest a black velvet bowtie?

This. If you try too hard, you're courting disaster. If you want to really stand out, perhaps this event is a good time to try a flower, or fun socks/cufflinks/a new color story besides black with the accessories.
post #8 of 10
Ironically, one way to stand out is by actually doing black tie 100% correctly. A lot of people end up with "creative" takes that look poor, don't know how to tie a bow tie and use a clip on, etc. If your tux fits well, you have proper tux shoes (opera pumps or patent leather plain toe oxfords), wear a white linen pocket square and tie your own bow tie, you'll look great. Plus you can wear the bow tie undone at the after party (don't take off your jacket or be the first guy to "go relaxed" by undoing his tie as you'll just look sloppy then) a la Sinatra.

If you want to change things up, I believe a white waistcoat is permitted with a black bow tie. Under no circumstances should you wear a tuxedo with a white bow tie. Also agree with the fun cufflinks suggestion if you want to do something a bit different.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post

Ironically, one way to stand out is by actually doing black tie 100% correctly.

+1

Non-conformity as conformity, etc.
post #10 of 10
I thought about this today....my answer would be to get a nice bow tie (by umph I meant to get the proportions right, I see a lot of small bow ties out there).

I think a nice white carnation would be a great addition to a true to form traditional black tie.
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