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Black tie optional event - suit & tie [image heavy]

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by slepice, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. slepice

    slepice New Member

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    Hi,
    I will be attending a black tie optional work-related evening event, where about half of the guests will obey the dress code (I can't and I'm not expected to at my level). However, I want to get a formal look without "faking" a black tie.

    I'll be wearing a dark blue suit, white shirt, white handkerchief, black shoes, etc., but I need help with shirt and tie choice.

    First, I can choose from two white shirts - one is patterned, the other is plain white with no patterns:
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    The plain white looks more formal, but I'm a bit scared of it because the fabric is really thin and I'm not sure if it's note going to be a see-through shirt under artifical lights.

    Also, I need to choose a tie. The obvious choice is silver tie, but I'm a bit scared it might be giving me a "wedding look".
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    I could try a black knit tie:

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    Dark blue (probably better for daytime):

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    Or a more aggresive black with white dots:

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    I tried other ties, but most of them are too "business-like" and not really suitable for evening events... Any tips, suggestions?
     
  2. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    The dark blue tie probably would be best. The silver tie does look like a wedding tie, and long black ties are not okay in most professions.
     
  3. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Many will think you confused black tie with a black neck tie if you choose any of the above other than the blue dots tie.
     

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