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I often go to dinner and after-dinner evening events - fundraisers, receptions, etc - for which a full black tie rig would be much too formal but dressing up a bit for evening would be appropriate. I want to be able to go to these events straight from the office without looking like I came straight from the office.

 

What I was thinking is that I would wear to the office a dark worsted suit, black shoes and a white linen square, along with whatever shirt and tie is appropriate - usually light blue shirt and a solid grenadine. When work ends, I would keep the suit/shoes/square and change the shirt and tie. A white french cuff makes sense for the evening shirt, but the evening tie isn't as clear.

 

For an evening tie, I was thinking about Fermo Fossati satin from Hober, maybe in black or midnight blue. It seems to me that satin is a classic material for an evening tie, and the Fermo Fossati satin is nicer and has more texture than the usual satin that is so often seen on cheap ties. I wonder which color would be more appropriate - perhaps black with a navy suit, midnight blue with a grey or charcoal suit - or if there are best practices in this field which I should be aware of. I'd be interested in hearing other tie options as well - maybe a wedding tie in shepherd's check or something? In general, is this "just change shirt and tie" plan one that should work for semi-formal evenings? Thanks for any input or advice.