DECIPHERING THE BLACK TIE DRESS CODE FOR MEN
Dressing for any formal event can be a little daunting for some guys, especially if the event’s dress code is ’Black Tie’ - just the sight of those words on an invitation can send the most sartorial dresser into a spin. Making sure you suit up appropriately without looking too uniform is easy when you have the right pieces in your wardrobe - here’s our guide on how to prep for your next black tie event.
THE 101 ON BLACK TIE DRESSING, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
It all starts here, the jacket is the most important component for your black tie look, it’ll determine how dressed up, traditional or directional your style will be. Taking the traditional approach, the tuxedo jacket is a classic; it’s stylish, smart, and a definite go-to for any special occasion. If you’re more of a jeans and tee guy, an evening suit jacket made from quality fabrics in a slimline cut will definitely nail the brief. Whatever style you choose, keep things simple and choose a jacket in a monochromatic black or midnight blue.
No matter which style you’ve chosen, your shirt needs to well-fitted and crafted from a high-quality cotton. This will ensure you don’t have excessive or bulky amounts of fabric underneath your jacket, and of course, the cotton will help you keep cool under the bright lights of any d-floor.
As most suit jackets are accompanied with a pant option in the exact same style, fabric and colour, the pants will more than likely be chosen for you and this ensures you have a consistent, clean look. When trying on your suit pants, make sure you take along your shoes that you intend to wear to the event, this will help you determine if you need to get the pants taken up, or in by a tailor.
Don’t let the wrong pair of shoes unravel all of your excellent styling work! Choosing the right pair of shoes can be as important as picking out your suit jacket. Pick a style that elevates your suit rather than detract from it, a simple pair of well-made patent leather oxfords (in black) with a slightly round pointed toe will help you complete your black tie look.
Once you’ve been suited up, it’s now time to add the finishing touches. Whether you’re wearing a tux or an evening suit, you’ll need to choose a high quality tie or bow tie, and finish with subtle yet classic accessories such as pocket squares, lapel pins, tie pins and cufflinks.
LAST WORDS ON HOW TO NAIL THE BLACK TIE DRESS CODE
- Get moving. A great suit style is one that fits like a glove - when trying on your suit; sit down, raise your arms and try walking - doing this will help you identify if you need any further tailoring.
- Keep it simple. Make sure you don’t overdo it with your accessories and make sure you assess what you already have in your wardrobe. If your cufflinks are a present from your 18th birthday, it might be time for an update!
- Be well dressed, not overdressed. Above all else, keep your look simple and sophisticated with quality fabrics and finishes.
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