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Catering Black Ties: Styles and Options

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Classic Black

The black tie is a staple of the catering uniform. You know the look. Black slacks, a black or white dress shirt, the black tie and sometimes a black vest or apron.

It's a smart choice for a catering uniform. A black and white outfit is appropriate and professional for any occasion. There's no clashing with event colors, so your staff will be a seamless part of the event.

With this look, the only thing you have to decide is what style of black tie your staff will wear. There are neckties, bow ties, pre-tied ties, matte uniform material versus standard polyester.

Don't worry. We're kind of experts when it comes to black ties here at TieMart. Let's find you that perfect black tie for your catering uniform.

Black Catering Neckties

The black necktie is a real classic for catering ties. Along with the black bow tie (we'll get to it in a sec), it's the most common tie worn by caterers. Look for black ties that are made from polyester. Not only are they way cheaper than silk, polyester ties are more durable (and forgiving) when it comes to food stains. As far as finish, you can go with the standard light satin finish or a matte uniform tie. It's a bit of a personal preference, but we find that most caterers today go with the standard finish as it's more readily available in different tie styles and often more affordable.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy to find
  • One size fits most adults (look for extra long ties for staff taller than 6 feet)

Cons

  • Easily spilled on in the food service industry as it can be in the way. A tie bar, vest or tucking into an apron fixes this issue.
  • Staff must know how to tie a tie

Top Pick

Here at TieMart, our top choice for a black catering necktie is our black staff tie. The 3.25-inch width is appropriate for men and women and the finish is in between a satin and a matte finish, so it's the best of both world. The best part, however, is the price. Purchase 1 for $6.95 each, 25+ for $4.95 each or 50+ for $3.50 each.

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Black Catering Bow Ties

The black bow tie is the most traditional look for a catering uniform. Nowadays, it's just as popular the necktie. If you cater a lot of black tie events, you'll want to choose the black bow tie for your staff's uniform. Otherwise, nowadays it's really personal preference as to whether your staff wears a necktie or bow tie.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy to find
  • One size fits most adults (the neck size on our bow ties go up to 21-inches)
  • Out of the way from food stains
  • Easy to wear and adjust. No tying skills required for pre-tied bow ties

Cons

  • Could be too formal for some events (think casual, outdoor, etc.)

Top Pick

Here at TieMart, our top choice for a black catering bow tie is our black band collar bow tie. It's a very user friendly bow tie. There is no tying required and the band collar easily adjusts to the wearer's neck size. And, the price is great, too. Purchase 1 for $6.95 each, 25+ for $4.95 each or 50+ for $3.50 each.

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Black Skinny Catering Ties

The skinny tie is a great option for a more modern catering uniform. If your catering company is a bit more trendy and cutting edge, choosing a skinny tie for your staff will enhance your image. Skinny ties are anything slimmer than 3-inches, and you'll find them in a few widths. A skinny 2-inches and slim 2.5-inches are the most common sizes.

Pros

  • Modern and stylish
  • One size fits most adults (look for extra long skinny ties for staff taller than 6 feet)

Cons

  • Easily spilled on in the food service industry as it can be in the way. A skinny tie bar, vest or tucking into an apron fixes this issue.
  • Staff must know how to tie a tie
  • Could be deemed too trendy for some venues

Top Pick

Our 2.5-inch black slim solid color necktie is our top skinny tie choice for caterers. On a very tall or more full-figured male, the 2-inch skinny tie can appear disproportionate. We find that the slim tie is the perfect in between width that looks good on most men and women. It's the mama bear of the skinny ties. Not too skinny, not too wide. Just right.

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Black Pre-Tied Catering Ties

Not everyone knows how to tie a tie. In your staff, we bet there are several people that fall into this category. That's where the pre-tied tie comes in. The knot is already tied (and can't be undone), so all your catering staff needs to focus on is attaching the tie to their shirt and they'll have a really polished look. There are two main styles of pre-tied ties: Zipper ties and clip-on ties. You probably know what a clip-on tie is. There is a metal clip on the back of the knot that opens, slips behind the top of a shirt collar, and closes. Easy and simple. The zipper tie is less known, but really cool. The tie tail features a zipper throughout the length. When you pull on the collar, it unzips, which allows the band to expand and fit over the head. Just pull the tie tall back down to tighten and you're good to go.

Pros

  • No tying skills required
  • All tie knots look the same

Cons

  • Can be more expensive
  • Easily spilled on in the food service industry as it can be in the way. A tie bar, vest or tucking into an apron fixes this issue.
  • Clip-on ties aren't as secure
  • Learning curve with using a zipper tie

Top Pick

Even though it has a learning curve, we really recommend the black solid color zipper tie for caterers. Because it has a band that goes around the neck, it is more secure than the clip-on tie. You can find zipper ties in a regular width or skinny 2-inch width, so you still have the option of a more trendy tie style.

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Black Specialty Catering Ties

Neckties and bow tie aren't the only black tie options for caterers. Crossover ties and floppy bow ties have been part of food service uniforms for years. It's a bit more traditional of a look, but professional none the less.

Pros

  • One size fits most adults
  • Out of the way from food stains
  • Easy to wear and adjust. No tying skills required for pre-tied bow ties

Cons

  • Though men do wear these styles, they are sometimes referred to as a women's-only tie

Top Pick

Our pick is the black crossover tie for caterers. It's minimalist, professional and more popular in the food service industry than the floppy bow tie..

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Upgraded Black Catering Ties

Sometimes you still want that appropriate black tie look for your staff, but with a little extra something something. That's where these black ties come in. They're still black ties, but in subtle patterns that will really upgrade your catering uniform.

Pros

  • Professional
  • Great way to stand out from other caterers, but still seamless with events
  • Most have multiple tie styles available. Neckties, bow ties, slim ties.

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Some are silk ties, which are less durable for the food service industry

Top Pick

We recommend black elite striped neckties. The tie is still technically a solid, but it has subtle tone-on-tone stripes that really upgrade the traditional black tie. It's available in the most common tie styles for caterers: standard, bow ties, slim ties and skinny ties.

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