Black Tie Alternatives

Black tie alternatives: How to rock this season’s parties

When it comes to making an impression – black tie has always been shorthand for impeccable masculine style. There’s just something about it. From the iconic silhouette of Bond, to the classic tux – black tie’s long been the go-to standard for guys. But I’m kind of glad to see that change is in the air. Iconic as it is, men’s party wear is being shaken up, revamped and given a fresh new makeover. Check out these sartorial superheroes and their party season black tie alternatives and get inspired for the upcoming parties in your calendar.

The Devil’s in the details

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Want a fail-safe formal wear look – but don’t fancy rocking the boat too much?

Take your cue from Zayn Malik. Keeping things slim and sophisticated with a double-breasted black suit, it’s the little details – that sharp black collar – that make his outfit pop – without veering too far off the black tie look.

Navy or midnight blue make great alternatives to classic black without being overwhelming. Introduce subtle touches to elevate your traditional suit with a creative hint – a navy monogram suit looks luxe in jacquard – pair it with a subtle printed shirt and an eye-catching handkerchief to draw attention. Both are available at Hardy Amies.

Black tie – no tie

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Word of warning. Rocking up to a black tie event without a tie isn’t always an easy thing to pull off. You need to be able to decipher the subtle dress code rules first, as it can easily look sloppy and unkempt in the wrong situation.

But. When done right, there’s an effortless kind of insouciance about it – as actor Dino Morea demonstrates effortlessly on the red carpet.

Fade to grey

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Grey as a black tie alternative?

With the right styling, it can look just as lethal as a classic tux. Designer Gaurav Gupta shows off his flawless sense of style in a sleek striped grey suit – topped off with a white bow tie.

If the white on white is too much for you though, a skinny silk tie would work just as well here.

Trad with a twist

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A well fitting suit can pack a powerful punch with the right accessories – and this swoon-worthy look from model Manak Singh is perfect, if you’ve got the swagger to carry it off.

Velvet adds warmth and texture – ideal for winter events. A rich velvet tux in dark emerald is offset beautifully with a cream turban and impeccable shoes – these robust leather Grenson brogues are a fantastic complement to a velvet suit.

So how do you plan to party this coming winter? And what’ll you be wearing? Tweet me!

For similar articles on party season take a read of these: 

– Bright lights and sharp style: Your Diwali style guide
– Navin Kundra: “I’m a suit and tie kinda guy”
– Menswear autumn essentials: Keep it casual with layering
Menswear trends: 6 best men’s winter accessories



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