Daytime Shirts vs. Evening Shirts

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  1. vitruvius

    vitruvius Member

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    Any thoughts on what distinguishes a shirt you'd wear in the evening with a suit and a shirt you'd wear in the daytime? Evening shirts tend to be less busy, right? Where do you draw the line on patterns? I've got a CEGO shirt with an extremely fine blue/white stripe (really, it looks solid blue from a distance); would that look too daytime-y at an evening reception along with a solid navy suit, Paul Stewart black-and-white-pindot tie and black shoes?

    I'm thinking a prince of wales check shirt or another shirt of mine that has roughly this pattern would be too daytime-y. Thoughts?

    How about what distinguishes a daytime tie from an evening tie? Is it just pattern (more subdued in the evening) or color as well? As I'm imagining it, bright red ties don't look quite right after dark, but I'd appreciate the board's insight.
     
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    Bowtiedlad93 Senior member

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    Well I would say an evening shirt is usualy a solid color and not always a pattern like most formal shirts. also the quality and material of the shirt, these are only a few factors of course.
     
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    chogall Senior member

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    daytime: light gray suit + black shirt + shiny silver tie
    night time: take the tie off, unbutton to your ribs and pop that collar
     
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    Harold falcon Senior member

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    You shouldn't ever wear a black shirt or a shiny tie.
     
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    chogall Senior member

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    those bankers working at banK of america across the street did it.
     
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    Klobber Senior member

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    Is there really such a thing as daytime shirt or evening shirt? Even if there were, I would not follow protocol on this.
     
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    JamesX Senior member

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    Heard of such things, but never know of anyone that practice it.

    It is more an effect of Daytime and Nighttime suits and changing the shirt because of the suit change.
     
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    ElDave Senior member

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    This is a joke right?
     
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    I can think of no better reason not to wear such attire.
     
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    good christ is it opposite day?
     
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    Testudo_Aubreii Senior member

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    Do a search on Will's A Suitable Wardrobe blog. He's written about shirts and ties for day and night.

    It's much easier to wear satin ties and/or white shirts in the evening than it is during the daytime. In the evening, I think ties in shades of black, blue, purple, and gray/silver are the easiest to wear and pair.

    Nothing wrong with a black or really dark shirt in the evening: but if you're wearing a coat, you have to think hard about how the two go together in the kind of light you'll be in.

    I THINK it's a safe generalization that in the evening, shirts should either be pale or really dark. IME, shirts that look like a medium shade don't look good either at sundown or in artificial light. Save your french blues or burgundy bengal stripes for daytime wear. But I'd be interested to hear what others think of this.
     
  12. vitruvius

    vitruvius Member

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    It's not so much a rule/protocol I'm looking for--just guidance on what kind of shirts to avoid wearing at nighttime because they look too much like something one wears to a formal office. I'm thinking a large-checked shirt, for instance, might look daytime-y, whereas a solid light-blue shirt, with a grey or navy tie would look nighttime-y. (In the same way that a pinstripe suit looks more business-y than a solid navy or charcoal suit.)
     
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    +1

    The bankers here in New York have pretty poor taste overall--they either wear a very safe BB look or they go for an overly shiny, pseudo-Continental look.
     
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    Your suggestion worked. This post is what I was looking for: http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/2010/02/informal-evening-dress.html

    The answer, in short, is to generally avoid stripes and patterns in the evening, and stick with a dark suit and a dark-ish tie with a white shirt. Very nice.
     
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    That's a bit tame. I'll usually unbutton shirt all the way down and to let my beer belly stick out for added comfort and peacocking.
     

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