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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

    Dec 13, 2012
    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:

    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".

    I could try a black knit tie:


    Dark blue (probably better for daytime):


    Or a more aggresive black with white dots:


    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

    Mar 15, 2006
    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

    Jan 3, 2008
    Princeton, NJ
    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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