What you need for YOUR NEXT BLACK-TIE EVENT
A frequently asked questions that I get all the time at my formal wear shop is "What do I need for my black-tie affair" Simple, right? A black tie and a tux. Might not be that easy.
When looking for formal wear for your black-tie event, you must take into consideration the entire outfit. The coat, pants, shirts, tie, pocket square and accessories.
First off, the Coat: When heading to a black-tie event my personal preference is a Notch Lapel 6 button coat. Now days, Styles are changing very frequently with wider lapels, and thinner lapels, you go with what you prefer. Me, I go with a fitted notch Lapel Coat. (Peak Lapel shown in picture)
Trousers: Tuxedo pants we all know can sometimes feel like you’re wearing a parachute. Fix that, go with a modern/slim fit pant to give the look more of a defined look.
Shirt: Wing tip collar or laydown? It's a formal event rock the wing tip with a solid black bow tie. You're wearing long ties to work every day, change it up a bit.
Tie: BOW TIE, go with it. Made for a tuxedo and it looks cleaner and elegant. Vest or cummerbund? Get a vest for more formal look, if you don't like the vest look go with a classic suspender look. Cummerbunds are nice but more of an age appropriate look.
Pocket square: We're talking about a black-tie event, go with your plain old white pocket square and don't get fancy with colors or designs. Remember, attention to your outfit should be clean and to the point, look as best as you can next to our dates for evening and pictures.
Accessories: If you plan on wearing a watch, don't go crazy and wear a gold Rolex with a black tux. Get yourself a nice black watch that make a simple statement not to take away from your tuxedo, and that doesn't scream look at my watch.
Studs, very important! Wear the black studs that you get when you rent a tuxedo or buy one, it’s almost a must. Gives character to the tuxedo.
Last thing DO NOT wear your black work shoes, or shoes in the back of your closet that are "Kind of shinny" Please do not embarrass yourself, rent or buy yourself a nice pair of patent leather shoes to complete your look.
I hope this helps you with your Black-tie events.
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