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The Complete Guide To Men's Dress Codes
Avoid the awkwardness with our breakdown to what's appropriate, when (Continued)
 
Black Tie Alternative/Creative
Normally, black tie is asking you to operate within strictly defined parameters to create a uniform effect. It’s not – out of respect for your hosts and the occasion – the time to flex your fashion muscles.
 
However, sometimes the invitation will ask for black tie with a twist. This is an invitation – albeit an annoyingly vague one – to do something a little more unusual than the typical penguin suit. That could be a fabric like velvet, a colour or pattern, or some other flourish. Trainers? Maybe. How far you can push it really depends on the hosts and the context.
 
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