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Black tie event with navy suit - what shirt/neckwear?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by M Colleague, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. M Colleague

    M Colleague Member

    Mar 23, 2012
    Hey guys,

    I'm going to a black-tie-ish NYE party. Having attended the event before I know that there's going to be a number of people wearing normal dark suits. In recent years I've always worn my black tuxedo and felt appropriately dressed, but this time I forgot to bring it.

    The most formal option I have available is a very nice navy two button suit. I guess I want to 'dress it up' but I'm unsure if it's fine to combine it with my normal tuxedo gear (which I have available). Here's all my options:

    1. Tuxedo shirt with a hidden placket and Kent collar
    2. White business shirt with a semi-spread collar

    1. Black bow tie
    2. Black tie with very subtle white stripes
    3. Solid blue tie (with a hue dangerously close to the color of my suit :/)

    Can you guys please help me pick the most appropriate/formal combination :)

    Thanks :D
  2. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2011
    Washington, DC
    Wear a white dress shirt (not the tux shirt) and any evening long tie. Like something with a satiny kind of finish. The black one would be fine I'm sure.

    Don't try to pretend your navy suit is a tuxedo though.

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