The black tie : How to wear the accessory
Fashion trends are constantly changing. At least each new season, you can expect new cuts, new colours and new materials. Fortunately, there is a cornerstone in men’s clothing, an accessory that never goes out of fashion (although some sure wish it would): The tie! One of the best examples of this timeless accessory is the black tie. At first glance it seems to be easy to combine, but in fact you need to be a bit careful wearing this tie. We have put a guide together, which helps you to wear the accessory like a fashion expert.
For a long time the black tie was only worn for funerals or very formal and serious occasions. Fortunately this has changed in recent years. The versatile accessory has become socially acceptable and plays today an important role in the fashion world.
From the office to a chic dinner to celebrations the black tie can today be worn at pretty much any occasion and there is not much you can do wrong with a black tie. But when you need a truly impeccable outfit for a special event, we have got just the right look for you:
- Shirt: The shirt should definitely be white, with a classic collar (a collar with buttons is in this case an absolute no-go!)
- Jacket: We recommend a black one in any case. If you like you can also opt for a double-breasted. This variant is particularly suitable for tall, slim men.
- Trousers: Which trousers you choose depends of course on the jacket.
- Handkerchief: Either choose a white one to match the shirt or a black one like the jacket. Fold this elegant accessory in a classic triangle or alternatively in a narrow, horizontal stripe.
- Waistcoat: The waistcoat has become a rare garment, but is still a very elegant addition without question. We recommend a white waistcoat for the combination with a black single-breasted jacket.
- Socks: Best wear black silk stockings, alternatively you can also opt for a pair in cotton or wool, but they should definitely be black.
- Shoes: black leather shoes are without doubt the best choice. Whether matte or shiny is completely up to you.
- Cummerbund: The cummerbund is traditionally an alternative to the vest, but unfortunately not used very often anymore. For a truly special occasion, you can definitely choose a cummerbund instead of a waistcoat.
The final touch to your outfit is given by making sure that your trousers fit perfectly. If they tend to slip a bit, complete your look with a pair of black braces instead of a belt!