Black tie optional dress code guide part 2

Black tie optional dress code guide part 2

Optional defined, number 2:

If a man finds himself attending an increasing number of black-tie optional or conventional black-tie events, he should look into purchasing a tuxedo of his own rather than having to go through this conundrum of always considering renting or finding something else in his own closet.

What to wear for a black tie optional dress code, number 1:

What should a man who does not own tux wear to a black-tie optional event? In the broad strokes, here is the overall dress code: a dark suit, a white shirt, a dark conservative tie, dark over the calf socks, black leather shoes, and perhaps a few conservative accessories. With those items listed generally then, let’s now go into a bit more depth on breaking them down one by one so that a man will be sure to look good if he is at a party with other perhaps tuxedo wearing guests.

What to wear for a black tie optional dress code, number 2:

Your suit should always be very dark at a black-tie optional event to approximate the formality of the black tuxedos you will be seeing. Wearing a black suit to a black tie optional event is an acceptable choice just so long as you do not try to make it look like an imitation tuxedo by pairing it with a black bow tie. If you are not wearing a black suit then, charcoal and deep navy are also great choices. Because of its historical associations with country wear, brown suits should typically be avoided but if you do happen to have a suit that is a very dark brown, you could probably get away with it for a black-tie optional event. Solid colored suits are your best choice here as well, though a very faint pattern such as light and broad windowpane could also be acceptable.