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Black Tie (literally)

ArsNova

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I have an upcoming black-tie event, and I purchased an interesting silk bow tie today. Its black but with small X's and O's, and it ties a beautiful knot. The pattern is only visible from up close, and it at a casual glance the tie appears black but with with some added depth and texture. That being said, the silk is a little dull. In any case, I'm always terrified of departing from tradition, yet I feel this is a fairly classy way to add some visual interest--I plan on wearing it with a double-breasted dinner jacket with very shiny satin lapels. Do you think I would be better served with a plain shiny bow tie to complement the lapels? Is this bow tie an acceptable or reprehensible indulgence?
 

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Sounds fine. Personally, I don't like shiny bow ties. I prefer grosgrain or some matted silk even if the jacket's lapel facings are satin.
 

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hah... your comment is relieving, Manton, because I've often heard that one's bow tie should match the lapel fabric. Could anyone else offer an opinion regarding this matter?
 

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Originally Posted by ArsNova
hah... your comment is relieving, Manton, because I've often heard that one's bow tie should match the lapel fabric.
That is, indeed, the "rule," just not one of the ones I follow or care for.
 

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I'll often mix bowtie and lapel fabric. I've pretty much always bought ribbed grosgrain lapels, but find that barathea (or is it faille), or satin ties work pretty well there. Not that grosgrain looks bad in a bowtie. This one you've picked up sounds most interesting.

I think the only really important match when putting this ensemble together is that between the right and left lapel.
 

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