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Information on black ties:

When to wear black tie

In the US black tie attire refers to the most formal type of attire. Classic black tie invitations call for tuxedo, black bow tie, and white dress shirt. There are differences in black tie invitations however, and choosing a different type of tie for the occasion might be quite appropriate.

Most Formal Attire: On top of all formal men’s attire is the classic look of tuxedo, black bow tie, white dress shirt, and a white pocket square. If your invitation reads: Black tie required, then wear such clothing! If the occasion is during the day, then it is appropriate to wear a white tuxedo jacket instead with the black bow tie, white dress shirt, and a nicely folded black pocket square.

Slightly less formal black tie attire: Some invitations call for black tie “preferred” or black tie “optional”, which leaves a little room for interpretation. Some even call this dress code “creative black tie” attire. If your invitation reads any of these, then it is well accepted to go away from the traditional black tie look. A black two-piece suit, with white dress shirt, silver cufflinks, and solid color silver necktie or bow tie would be a good choice. Often times men choose brighter colors for their neckwear should this event be during the day. Common are colors in silver, light pink, and white.

Funerals: If you are dressing for a funeral, wear a black suit, white shirt and black tie – no exceptions. Also, pick a black tie that is not too formal such as shiny solid color ties Instead pick a black tie with a ribbed or basket-weave pattern in the fabric.

How to match a black tie

The shinier and more solid color the black tie, the more formal it will be. Most formal are solid black bow ties, followed by solid color shiny black neckties. Such ties are best combined with other formal pieces of clothing: Tuxedo for the bow tie, and a two-piece black suite for the necktie. The dress shirt should be white, and your shoes and belt have to be black.

Neckties with less shine and patterns appear less formal. A striped tie with black, silver, and white stripes is elegant but not too formal to wear it as a daily business necktie. The white dress shirt and light or dark gray suit is still the best combination in this case.

The effects of wearing a black necktie:

Black is seen as a color of authority and power. In both men’s and women’s fashion black is a popular color since it makes us appear thinner. As far as neckties are concerned, the black tie gives a formal and elegant impression. Skinny black ties on the other hand often times give a very retro look from the 60s and early 70s. As a general rule, the more solid, and more shiny the black tie, the more formal it will appear.

History of black neckties in men’s fashion.

The first necktie brought by the Croats to France in the 17th century was red in color. French King Louis then adoped the necktie but the color changed to white. Not until 1820, was the black necktie worn. King Richard V in England preferred the black tie look and required his guests to wear a black instead of the traditional white tie. Even though, most guests rather wore a white tie, the black tie was since then an alternative formal necktie in Europe. Today, Europeans almost exclusively wear a black tie for funerals. In the US on the other hand, the black tie is the most common necktie color for any formal event.

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Formal ties: Information on the classic black tie, both neckties and black bow ties. Learn how to match the black tie, when to wear a black tie, the history of black ties and more.