Originally Posted by JasonBond
@YRR92 Of course I am certain about not wearing a same coloured pocket square and tie, by matching I meant matching to the fabric and pattern of shirt or suit, not in way of colour. Is that wrong too? I didn't want to impersonate black tie, of course in that case I would wear my tux. I wanted to know if that's something you could wear in a business formal event, willing to stand out a little. Is it to outstanding or something you should never do?
And is it that oxblood or brown doesn't go with anthracite or are brown brogues to informal with what I described? And no belt with a three piecer? Would you recommend braces then, even if the suit has belt loops?
An exact match with the shirt is fine, if they're both solid white. Otherwise, it's a no-go.
Wearing a bowtie for business dress is like wearing a hank for business dress – it depends on your environment and your position within it. A lawyer in Charleston can wear things that a banker in Manhattan can't, and vice versa. Better to be the right kind of safe than the wrong kind of bold (though I do like the right kind of boldness). If you're talking about a social event with a "business formal" dress code, then you can dress to a higher level of formality. I wouldn't do solid black as a bowtie unless it was quite textured, and even then I think navy would be better. Really, I think any solid dark bowtie looks like something to wear with a tux – better to have a bit of pattern, even if it's subtle.
As to the issue of shoe formality, it's a bit of both. I wouldn't wear brown shoes with the darkest gray, though I might wear burgundy. But you're describing something at a level of formality that doesn't sit well with brown brogues – though if the suit is the one pictured, then it's not all that dark (really, "anthracite" is more a marketing name for a color than anything else), and the pattern helps dress it down. Still, with a black tie and a white shirt, black shoes are often the path of least resistance.
Yes, even if the suit has belt loops, braces are better with a vest. The belt loops will be hidden by the vest.