One of the most important accessories for any suit is the tie. With the variety of lengths, widths, colors, and textures, it can be confusing which one to chose. Luckily, there are a few tricks of the trade to make sure you’re always wearing the right tie to the right occasion, and we’re here to give them to you.
For work, after-work cocktails, casual religious services
When it comes to wearing a tie to work or to a religious service, the best approach is to stand out, but not too much. Stick with colors and patterns that are appropriate for sitting behind the desk, or an unexpected meeting with the head of the company. A great navy plaid will pair with a variety of colors and will always make you look put together.
As for the after work look, almost all bets are off. Grab a bold color that will catch eyes from across the room. A skinny tie will also bring a modern flair to your look. (A skinny tie would also be appropriate for work, but we suggest a nice tie-stay to keep the look together.)
For business meetings & conferences, cocktail parties, most weddings or religious events
Chances are you’re going to be wearing a dress shirt and a suit to these occasions, so upping your tie game is a must. If this is a business occasion, keep the colors toned down and focus on the texture of the tie. A slick, tonal black tie will give a rich look to a grey or navy suit.
As for the semi-formal celebrations as long as you’re wearing a dress pants, dress shirt, a jacket, and a tie, you’re semi-formal. This means your tie can showcase a little more of your personality. A lively color, or a bold pattern will always get noticed (for the right reasons.) Also, feel free to get a little fun with a casual patterned bow tie.
You might think this is the easiest category, but it’s also the category with the most to lose. Let’s break down the types of formal events you’ll need a tie for.
- Black Tie: For a black tie event, the best way to go is to keep it simple with a beautiful black tuxedo and a crisp white shirt. Like the name says, you can’t go wrong with a black, silk tie. (Long ties are fine, but we think the bow tie keeps it classier.) If the invitation is labeled “Black Tie Optional,” you have a bit more leeway when it comes to color and pattern, but we still suggest keeping a darker-toned color palette.
- White Tie: This is as formal as it gets, which leaves very little room for interpretation. Coattails, white vests, starched formal shirts with waistcoat, and gloves are all a must-do. The tuxedo can be black, but the tie is ALWAYS a white bow tie on a detachable collar.
What If You’re Not Sure?
Did you get an invitation to an event and you’re not sure how to dress? First things first. Look at the context clues. Does the invitation look formal? (Thick paper, calligraphic writing?) If yes, cocktail attire is probably the most appropriate. The invitation should always state if the event is “Black Tie” or “White Tie.” And if all else fails, give the party host(s) a call and ask them.
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Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on January 17, 2018.