WAYS TO GET CREATIVE WITH 'BLACK TIE' ATTIRE
Per @dev 's request. The thing about "Black Tie" attire: it's not simply about wearing a black tie. I know, right?! I've made that mistake a few times, wearing a black tie with paint-splattered overalls. So why don't they just call it "Rent an Ugly Tux?" Groan! Well, here's how to beat the Black Tie at its own game.
- •Right out of the starting gate, you can crush it with a white "dinner jacket."Don't worry about the name - a "dinner jacket" is the baller's tux, and it's welcome at any black tie affair. It's more playful and yet just as swanky as the usual black jacket.
- •Keep the black tie - but make everything else so very not black.You can find tux jackets with emerald green, cobalt blue, burgundy, and rich mahogany. Baller moves, all.
- •Here's a fantastic look: "formal seersucker."Sounds like an oxymoron - but feast your eyes on this. BTW, Black Fleece, the collaboration of Thom Browne (cutting edge, designed Michelle Obama's inaugural dress) and Brooks Brothers' (old-school classy) collaboration, is melting down at the end of this seasonSnap one of these babies up before the world comes to an end.
- •If these aren't creative enough, I might suggest a few of these "advanced style swerves."Wear at your own risk.
- •Wear a Black Fleece cropped tux and look like the unholy and awesome spawn of Angus Young and James Bond.Don't forget your electric guitar and pistol.
- •Wear a typical tuxedo but swap out the tie for one of these little doodads.
- •Wear a traditional black tux but accessorize with one of these.
- •Wear a tux - but get it from a thrift shop, or from your future father-in-law's closet.Powder blue and apricot will do nicely. Pair with mustache for maximum effect. (Hi, @Larry !)
- •Keep the traditional color scheme but with a few unconventional variations.These gentlemen are heading off to a night of revelry in their avante garde black-tie attire.
- •You can always resort to one of these.