Being on the guest list for a black tie event, or formal wear only is a big deal. It may be for business or pleasure. Either way, if you are looking to stand out from the crowd we have a few tips below to help you do so with the most class possible.
#1. Keep the shirt white. We understand the up and comers of the world want to add color in every direction they can; But there is just nothing that can top a crisp white suit shirt. Trust us on this one, you will never go wrong with this classic. Do not be discouraged though, we are going to give you plenty of opportunity to add your color in. Just keep the shirt classic white.
#2. Keep the color you do want to add in singular and dark. The powder blue tux is not making a comeback, nor should it. You want to almost blend in with everyone else, only standing out slightly to have the upper hand in the apparel category. We suggest colors such as dark marron, dark navy blue, or dark forest green. They are dark enough but will add a pop still. Do not add two colors. One is enough to make you the one who stands out in a pleasing way. Two added colors to the classic formal wear could make you appear as if you took whatever pieces the clothing store had left on your way to the event. This could discredit you more than actually helping you.
#3. Try different cuts of jackets or pants instead of the typical black tie tuxedo everyone expects. Maybe try a shawl lapel instead of the norm. Or perhaps slim cut pants instead of the wide tuxedo pants we are all use to. When playing around with different cuts of pieces it is ok to change up multiple things, but try them on together, do not just assume it will work. Always have a tailor adjust the pieces to fit you and your stature. There is nothing worse at a black tie event than a man in oversized (or undersized) clothing.
#4. Instead of a bow tie, try a thin neck tie. It is classy looking still like the bow tie, but changes up the visual of every man in the room having the same tie, which will make you stand out just a little. But keep it black. If you are changing the style of the tie it is risky to add color also.
#5. Add a bright color bow tie. Now, we know we said keep it dark, but the bow tie is the second to smallest part of your attire so if you really have a color that you want to put out there, do it here. Let’s say you choose a dark blue jacket with black pants, you could add a bright blue bow tie with it. Keep it in the same color family, don’t mix and match colors here. Blue is going to be your safest bet. Wearing a marron suit with a red tie might not bode well. Nor a Forest green jacket and a mint green tie. You should be the judge of this, if it is a special event supporting a cause and they have a theme color, it might just work out in your favor!
#6. Try a whole suit in another color. Again, keep it on the dark scale of colors. But a jacket and pants in the same color would look very sharp with a black tie and wing tip shoes.
#7. If it says ‘Black Tie Event’ don’t change the tie color. Change any other piece. You want to stay in accordance with the invitation, but stand out in your own way.
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