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When To Wear A Black Tie
If you only own one tie, it should be a black tie. It’s classic and versatile for almost every occasion, no matter the formality. Some will argue that a black necktie should only be worn during formal events, special occasions and funerals. That's just not true. A black tie is a safe bet for any occasion. It's conservative and professional and leaves little room for fashion errors. Here's how to wear that black tie.
A black necktie can be worn in everyday, casual styles. If your style is jeans, a dress shirt and necktie, then a black tie can totally work for you. Consider a black tie in a slimmer width for a more casual look. Or, tone things down with a black pattern. Black is simple enough that it will easy to match to most shirts and won’t clash patterns.
A black tie may seem formal for a job interview. But if you are unsure of the workplace dress code, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed at a job interview. Tone down the formality of a solid black tie with a black pattern, like a tasteful plaid or fashion stripe.
If you’re outfitting a large group or staff and need to choose one tie color, pick black. In uniform wear, you want your staff to look professional, but they should also blend in. For catering companies, black won’t clash with event colors. And, in case of a spill, black is best to hide stains, keeping your crew looking top notch. Solid black in the most common choice for uniforms. Pre-tied black bow ties will suit both men and women. If you prefer a necktie, consider a width between 3- and 3.25-inches. This size won't overpower smaller frames, but won't look too skinny on your broadest staff member.
Play it safe and wear a black tie to a funeral. A black tie shows respect and mourning at a funeral. This is not a situation where you are trying to make a statement or draw attention to yourself. Here are more tips on how to dress for a funeral.
If a wedding invitation states "black tie" on it, etiquette calls for a solid black bow tie. Even if the invite doesn't indicate black tie, wearing a black necktie to a wedding will ensure that you are formal enough for the event and that you won’t be wearing the same color as the wedding party. Remember, this day is about the bride and groom, you’re not trying to be the center of attention.