What tie to wear with a black suit and white shirt?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jespinal, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. jespinal

    jespinal New Member

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2014
    Going to a formal event/party. I have a black blazer and black pants. I'd like to wear a white shirt underneath since I like the clean look. I have a black tie but I think it's too simple. My girlfriend will be wearing pink, so I was thinking maybe go with a pink and white tie? On the other hand I was thinking a black/white tie would also look good?

    How do these look guys?:

    http://www.thetiebar.com/database/products/12883_l.jpg

    http://www.thetiebar.com/database/products/34551_l.jpg

    OR

    http://www.thetiebar.com/database/products/34157_l.jpg

    http://www.thetiebar.com/database/products/22600.png

    Matching with my girlfriend isn't really a MUST, it'd be nice though.
     


  2. jespinal

    jespinal New Member

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2014
    Sorry if this is posted two times, I thought it did not post :/
     


  3. KurtRoxon

    KurtRoxon New Member

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2012
    Hi. In my personal opinion, out of those 4 choices you posted, I would go with the second one (pink & white stripes) if you want to match with your girlfriend's outfit. If not pink, then my choice would be the black with red & white stripes just to bring additional color other than black & white on yourself.
     


  4. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

    Messages:
    5,273
    Likes Received:
    2,263
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Frankly, I do not like any of those tie choices. If you must match your girlfriend, I would get a solid pink tie rather than something with white stripes. Otherwise, a solid black tie is actually a decent choice and you could probable get something in lighter shade of blue or grey if you were so inclined. The white shirt is the correct choice here since most other shirt colors are not going to look good next to a black jacket.

    I also would not wear a black jacket and black pants separately. If you are talking about an actual suit (i.e. you bought the two together and they are meant to be worn together), you can disregard this comment. There are a lot of different shades and textures of colors, so an individual jacket and pair of trousers in the same color are not going to look good together. In general, do not try to pass of jackets and pants of similar color as a suit. You would be much better off wearing the black jacket with medium grey pants if you have them or just wearing a suit you own if that is an option.

    I won't say anything about the choice to wear a black suit, since it sounds like your going to an evening social event (if you want to learn more on this point, use the search function).
     


  5. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

    Messages:
    2,467
    Likes Received:
    638
    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Location:
    Frankfurt, Germany
    One of the black ties. Don't match your girlfriend. You are not a fashion accessory.
     


  6. jespinal

    jespinal New Member

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2014


  7. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

    Messages:
    5,273
    Likes Received:
    2,263
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    ^ Way too much going on with that tie. Don't even know where to start.
     


  8. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

    Messages:
    4,642
    Likes Received:
    310
    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2010
    Location:
    DCish
    

    I like it. Plaid ties are hardly that outlandish, and it's black, gray and white with a pink accent, which is hardly a radical color combination. Absolutely nothing wrong with it unless you're unilaterally against pink. Conservative? No, but it's a tasteful choice for a party.

    Oh, and OP- really, if you didn't buy it as a suit, don't try to pretend. People will notice and it will look off. If you have a black jacket that you purchased without matching pants, wear gray pants.
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2014


  9. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

    Messages:
    5,273
    Likes Received:
    2,263
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    

    Nothing against pink personally or plaid for that matter, but I think that tie is one of the most hideous ties I have ever seen.
     


  10. fashionsnob

    fashionsnob Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    97
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2008
    

    Agreed!

    Also, how wide are the lapels on the jacket? If narrow then opt for a narrower tie.
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by