Sharks, bears, and commitment are all really frightening, but it’s pretty safe to say that getting invited to a black tie event is essentially every man’s worst nightmare. The event description gives you a guide for one piece of clothing, but where do you go from there? The good news is you don’t have to worry.

We’ve pulled together some style tips from the best in the business that will have you looking more like an A-lister and less like someone who’s on the list for people who are dressed by their parents. So follow this handy guide, head on over to sites like and prepare to steal the show with some sleek, manly style.

Correct Fit

It’s time to sort the men from the boys. You only get to go around this world one time, so you may as well do it in style. Grab a sleek suit from the Politix online store and prepare to impress. You might be tempted to get a rental, but these are always too big and you end up looking like a 12 year old, or too small and you end up looking like a body builder in the worst way possible. Take the time and make sure the suit fits before you head in.


Okay, you’re wearing a black tie, but that doesn’t disguise the fact that you’re still in a pair of mouldy old sneakers. Make sure your shoes are up to scratch before you go out. It might be at the very bottom of your outfit, but the right pair of shoes really can bring the whole look together in an essential way. You’ve already dished out for a nice outfit, why not keep the money rolling and get yourself a nice pair of shoes? You owe it to yourself.

Black Tie

Those novelty ties you found in the bargain bin might get a few laughs around the office on casual Friday. But if you’ve been invited to a Black Tie event, you really have to be wearing a black tie to have people take you seriously. Bow ties are sometimes okay, but they only generally come out at the fancier events so on the side of caution and go with a black tie. The thin black tie-Reservoir Dogs look is a definite winner.


Cologne is not an optional extra, but that doesn’t mean you have to lay it on thick. Use a little bit of common sense and apply enough cologne to complement your look, without making you smell like you’ve been spending four months working in the experimental product testing room in a Ralph Lauren warehouse. Two spritz of the cologne bottle – that’s it!

What do you think of this article? Are there any useful tips, or ones you would disagree with? Is there anything you would add? Leave any questions, comments or suggestions in the section below and head to the Politix website to get your hands on some fantastic gear for your next black tie event.