Blue Suit, Black Tie

If you are attending a New Year’s Eve party with a black tie dress code and either 1) don’t have a tuxedo or 2) simply want to be a little creative, don’t worry because there are options. In the event you’ve already worn out your black velvet blazer around the holidays and still don’t have the funds to spring for that perfect and amazing midnight blue designer one you’ve been eyeing even though it’s currently on sale for 50% off, turn to something you should already have in your closet and make your blue suit black tie.

Blue Suit, Black Tie - He Spoke Style

A well-tailored dark blue suit—whether in a classic navy or a slightly unexpected and interesting variation on the hue—should be the anchor garment in any man’s wardrobe. Simply put, it is timeless and essential. Not to mention versatile. Pairing it with a classic black bow tie and crisp white dinner shirt instantly transforms it into an outfit that is perfectly suited for a formal or semi-formal occasion.

When it comes to formal or semi-formal dress, keep the details clean and simple. It’s elegant and projects a higher level of style sophistication. There are definitely certain times and places to get fancy with accessories, but a black tie event is not one of them. You have to know when—and how—to say more with less.

Blue Suit, Black Tie - He Spoke Style

For me, that means my breaking out my special Tiffany & Co. cuff links, pulling on some formal black braces in place of a belt, and dressing up my jacket’s breast pocket with a crisp white pocket square that just peeks out. No more, no less. Simple and classic elegance.

Blue Suit, Black Tie - He Spoke Style

Blue Suit, Black Tie - He Spoke Style

Blue Suit, Black Tie - He Spoke Style

Blue Suit, Black Tie - He Spoke Style

This Look: Blue suit by Quinntessential Gentleman Custom (similar here) – White dinner shirt by Reiss – Sterling silver cuff links by Tiffany & Co. (similar here) – Black silk bow tie by Nordstrom (similar here) – White pocket square by Hugo Boss – Black braces by Brooks Brothers – Watch with black leather strap by Timex – Black wingtip dress shoes c/o Allen Edmonds (McAllister)

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.


Chime In

  • Igal Reysher

    Wow such an amazing outfit, very classy and clean.
    You have a great blog.
    Have a happy new year, and keep doing the great work on your blog in 2014.

  • David Rochez

    Hey brother! My name is David Rochez, I know this post is a little late but its amazing. I appreciate your style, congrats on blogging for a year, hope 2014 brings you much more success.

  • Hasan

    Hi Brian,

    I’m a college student, and I always wanted to wear a really nice suit, but it’s not really feasible for me to spend a grand on one. Do you know of any good but cheap options out there? I haven’t even considered bespoke suits, because I’m sure they’re out of the typical college student’s price range.

    Thanks for the help.

  • Bryan

    Love the blog! Great look with the suit and bow tie. Classic!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Bryan. Thanks for reading.

  • Ralph

    Hi Brian,

    What is your take on the cummerbund? I personally hate wearing them ever since I was made an escort at my godmother’s wedding when I was little. The cummerbund was too big and kept slipping off. On top of that, the tuxedo I had on was rented and the boutonnière was an actual rose with the thorns still on them. Overall, a bad first experience in black tie. What advice can you offer in terms of the proper look, wear, and style of the cummerbund? Please forgive the unrelated tirade in the middle of this post.

  • Ryan

    Big fan of this look!
    So important to get every other detail right… well done Brian.

  • Matt Smith

    Hi Brian,

    Just want to say that I’ve only recently discovered your website and have been working my way back through your articles and am very much a fan now.

    I have a black tie ball coming up soon and as a student, my wardrobe is very limited. The only suit I have at the moment is a dark navy suit off the shelf. I need to somehow make it work and this article is definitely helping me. How would you go about including a waistcoat into this, and potentially a pocket watch as well?

  • James


    In a predicament, need help!

    I have been invited to an awards ceremony next week that is a black tie affair but I don’t currently have a tux and feel that as a one off it would be expensive to buy or rent. People have said that suits are an option but usually I pride myself in dressing for the right occasion. I have quite a nice blue suit (Not navy)an have been trying to find out if it is a good look to have a matching bow tie to suit or would this not be the best option? I am concerned that it might just not quite work and be better to wear a suit well rather than a tux badly.

    Alternatively at other fomarl occasions I would usually go for this suit with a, white shirt, slim line tie and 3/4 tie pin to look more formal.

    Your help would be much appreciated.



  • Stephan Herzog

    Hi Brian!
    For my prom (or rather the austrian equivalent) I bought a black bow tie. after a few minutes tying it wasn’t a problem anymore but I’m not sure if it looks quite right. i think, that it is a bit larger than the clip ons a few of my friends have. Also, is it normal that on one side, the looped end is behind the loose end and vice versa?
    Maybe you can help me with this.