Styles of Black Ties:
Besides the elegant solid color black tie, the collection above features black ties with fine stripes, foulards, paisleys, and playful polka dots. Besides different designs the type of fabric weave also makes each black tie different. Some black ties are made from a smooth and shiny silk fabric while others have more of matte shine due to a more coarse silk fabric weave. If you are not looking for a black tie but rather prefer a dark gray one, then please visit our selection of Gray & Silver Ties
All black ties listed above come in regular length. Taller men (usually 6 foot 3 inches +) might want to consider wearing longer ties. This is especially important if the tie wearer is not only tall but also has a larger neck size and large stomach. If this is you, then you may want to have a look at our Extra Long Ties. Keep in mind that larder tie knots such as the Full Windsor knot, also require more length of a tie.
Black Neckties and Black Tie Dress Code:
Does black tie attire mean you should wear a black necktie? Well, although it is called black tie, it is a dress code that traditionally does not require a neck but a bow tie. Black tie attire consists of a black tuxedo jacket, a black cummerbund of waistcoat (never wear both together), a white tuxedo dress shirt, high gloss polished shoes, black bow tie, and Cuff Links as well as studs in place of buttons on the shirts. To read more on this formal dress code please visit our dress code guide on Black Tie Attire.
Although black neckties are not art of traditional black tie attire, they are still formal and elegant. They are a perfect choice tie for semi-formal functions that occur in the evening. For a slightly less formal black necktie choose a tie with less shine, or ties that have other colors added in forms of stripes or fine foulards. Another event men wear black ties are funerals. While black is the color most western cultures wear at funerals, the French often times also wear dark purple ties.
The Psychology and Meaning of Black:
Black is the absence of color. The meaning of black is sometimes a little contradictory. On the one hand black is the color of sadness and mourning, but on the other hand black is sometimes also perceived as mysterious, sexy, and sophisticated. Dark charcoal grays, very dark midnight blue, as well as very dark browns are sometimes perceived as black. In business black suits are much less common that in formal events. Tuxedos are almost exclusively black in color.
Black Bow Ties VS Neckties
Looking for even more formality? Then the solid black necktie is more formal than black ties with patterns. In fact the solid color tie is always the most formal option. Want something even more formal? Then also look at all our black bow ties - available in pre-tied and self-tie style.