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    Black suit - shirt, tie, pocket square combination

    Hello everyone,

    I've been a frequent visitor to the website for a while now, but this is my first post!

    I'm going to a summer ball in a month's time and have bought a slim cut black three-piece suit for the occasion. Was just wondering what colour combinations people would recommend with a black suit? Should I go with the classic black suit/white shirt/black tie/white pocket square look, or do I try something a bit different?

    The tie pin/bar look interests me, so I was thinking of going down that route because it'll be a bit different to what others will wear I.e. a generic white shirt.

    But yeah, other than the black three-piece suit, it's pretty much a blank canvas, so please do post your suggestions.

    Cheers!

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    I'd advise against the black tie with black suit look. In your mind you'll be super sharp, to everyone else you'll be on your way to a funeral. Find a tie with a silky finish, some texture and minimal or no pattern and you'll be good - silver, grey or blue might be decent places to start.

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    Maybe if you wanted to spice things up a bit you could throw in a polka dot pocket square (all black with white dots) to add a bit of flair to an otherwise classic look. That, alongside with a slim textured black tie would work pretty well.

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    Thanks for the replies, guys! It's a Marks & Spencer suit (I'm a student, unfortunately I can't afford a bespoke suit) but the finish is pretty decent.

    What do you guys think of the tie bar collar?

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    If there's one night to wear a tie bar collared shirt it's to a summer ball!

    As for ties (and this might not work with the collar bar) how about a black knitted tie with white polka dots? Something like this Polka Dot Black and White Knit Tie - Spotted Tie - The House of Ties
    ...you could probably find a cheaper version elsewhere online.

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    I like that tie!

    The main problem I'm finding is my neck size. I need a shirt that has a 16" neck size but of roughly 38" chest size. Most shirts "off the shelf" are 42" if you go for a 16". I can't really afford to get a shirt custom made.

    Anyone else have this problem and any ideas of ways around it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack. View Post
    I like that tie!

    The main problem I'm finding is my neck size. I need a shirt that has a 16" neck size but of roughly 38" chest size. Most shirts "off the shelf" are 42" if you go for a 16". I can't really afford to get a shirt custom made.

    Anyone else have this problem and any ideas of ways around it?
    Try various shops - something in a slim fit should have a more friendly collar to chest ratio.

    Failing that, take something to a tailor to get taken in on the sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pin Money View Post
    Try various shops - something in a slim fit should have a more friendly collar to chest ratio.

    Failing that, take something to a tailor to get taken in on the sides.
    What shops would you recommend, in particular? I might try the latter option - cheers pal!

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    I have my shirt sorted out now; bought myself a plain white shirt and also a pale blue shirt - wasn't sure which one would work best.

    Does anyone have suggestions for tie and pocket square combinations to go with a pale blue shirt and black 3-piece suit? Or alternatively, to go with a white shirt.

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