Black Tie Suit Inspiration

A Guide To Black Tie Tailoring

While the days of wearing a black tie suit to dinner every night are long gone, there are still situations when a guy will require a tuxedo. However, due to the rarity of black tie nowadays, it might be a difficult dress code to discern. And purchasing a designer tuxedo or evening suit is not the same as purchasing men's suits or everyday fitted clothes. In this article, we will disentangle the customary black tie clothing code for guys.

Winter black tie attire inspiration

When it comes to wearing black tie suits in the winter, it's important to choose appropriate fabrics that will keep you warm while still looking stylish. Opting for a thicker, warmer fabric such as wool or a velvet blend can help keep the cold temperatures at bay while still looking elegant and refined. Avoid lighter fabrics that may not provide enough warmth for winter wear. Additionally, choosing a dark and rich fabric with elegant drape can add to the overall sophistication of the look

Accessorising is also an important aspect of wearing black tie suits in the winter. For men, classic black dress shoes are a safe and stylish choice. The addition of a silk scarf in a geometric print or rich tone can add a dash of elegance to your black tie attire. However, it's important not to overpower the rest of the outfit with too many bold accessories. Following the simple rule of keeping it simple with a white shirt and black shoes for men can help achieve a classic and elegant look.

When styling black tie attire for winter weddings and galas, it's important to consider the specific event and location. For winter weddings, opting for warm and textured fabrics such as velvet can add to the overall aesthetic of the event. Choosing rich tones such as wine, greens or navy's are a great way to achieve the look with a hint of difference. 

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Summer black tie attire inspiration

The key to summer black tie style is simplicity. Opt for classic cuts and silhouettes that never go out of fashion

When choosing the fabrics opt for lighter fabrics like linen or material mixes that content elastane for extra movement. These lighter materials are breathable and airy, helping you feel comfortable in the warm weather. For your blazer it should have notched lapels to maintain a sleek, tailored look. For your trousers, flat front trousers cut from a poly mix blend blend will allow maximum breathability while keeping the formal silhouette. For shirts, plain white are always a safe choice with Semi-spread collars work well, allowing you to forgo a tie if desired. Cufflinks add a nice formal finishing touch without being over-the-top.

Shoes can be patent leather or suede to avoid absorbing moisture. Slip-on loafers or lace-up oxfords offer a just-right level of formality. Add socks in coordinating tones if wearing trousers.

Simple accessories like a watch, signet ring and cufflinks complete the look. Apply this straightforward, understated approach to create a summer black tie ensemble that is both comfortable and appropriately dressed up.

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Wear a bold suit

For a look that stands out in a crowd, consider choosing a bold coloured suit in blues, greens or reds. A burgundy red suit like our Max Wine Suit it is a versatile, understated choice and flatters all skin tones. Pair it with contrasting accessories like a printed tie and pocket square to match the energy. 

Opt for unique details like textured fabrics, patterned linings, or exaggerated lapels and shoulders, our Hudson Blazer in navy is a classic piece that exudes timeless style. Looking for velvet but with a difference? Our Simon style features a jacquard finish thats unique and guaranteed to get the crowd talking.

Complete the look with shoes that pop, like two-toned oxfords or brogues in contrasting hues. But don't overdo it- balance out the statement pieces with classic items like a breton striped shirt and simple watch. The key is intention and confidence- carry yourself like you meant to turn heads, and people will believe the bold suit was always your style.

SIMON Navy Velvet Jacquard Three Piece Suit

Make party wear easy with this Simon tuxedo suit in opulent navy. Creating an elegant ensemble for all of those special events, this three piece is made to impress. It features a contrast satin shawl collar and embossed paisley design on the luxurious soft-to-the-touch velvet finish, a real showpiece. Crafted from the finest materials, this suit provides a sophisticated look and maximum comfort for all occasions. The timeless design of this suit allows for effortless styling - just add a dress shirt and some dress shoes and you'll be ready to make an impression.

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Wear a timeless suit

A classic suit never loses its relevance, maintaining a timeless essence that remains stylish through generations. Investing in a well-tailored suit with classic styling will serve you for years to come, pairing easily with modern and vintage wardrobes alike. Look for pieces cut from durable, breathable fabrics that will age gracefully. Investing in a tweed style is a wise decision; search for a wool blend fabric that will last the test of time while costing a fraction of the price of a pure wool suit.

When deciding opt for neutral colors like charcoal gray, navy blue or tan that work for both formal and casual occasions and are super easy to style, day or night. 

Slim fits that follow the natural lines of your body usually stand the test of time better than extreme wide or skinny styles. Simple, clean lines with minimal embellishments like wide lapels and patch pockets will maintain a classic appearance for longevity.

The right suit will become a wardrobe workhorse, accompanying you to interviews, weddings, parties and everything in between. Take time to find styles and cuts that flatter your figure and complement your personal aesthetic. With proper care, a classic suit can evolve alongside your life for years, serving as a trusted companion for both momentous occasions and everyday wear.

DALTON - Navy Tux Lapel Diamond Three Piece Suit

Kick off your special occasions with this Dalton three piece suit. With a classic silk style tuxedo peak lapel to the blazer and matching buttons, it is the perfect formal suit. Featuring a vibrant dual panelled lining with branded Marc Darcy circle print and a complimentary pocket square to match, this suit will turn heads at your next party. The luxurious design of this tuxedo will bring an elevated look to any special occasion. It also features a perfect fit for maximum comfort and style.

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