A man's black tie is supposed to be made from the same stuff as his jacket's lapels, something that is easier said than done these days. The single breasted and the smoking have matching ties but the lapels of the pictured DB DJ are unfortunately considerably duller than any grosgrain bow in the wardrobe, and the tailor responsible for making that coat will not sew one for me. So begins the task of finding a tie maker who will supply a couple of sized bows in Richard James Weldon's corded silk number 300/2.
If a man is going to the trouble to wear evening clothes in the first place, he should invest in a sized tie or two. Made to the correct length for his neck, the sized bow has no need for the bulk of the one size fits all version. That is particularly important with a to-attach shirt collar that will leave an adjustable tie buckle out in plain view of the entire ballroom.
And while one is at it, match the tie and lapels.