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    help on jacket and bow tie color for Robbie Burns suppers

    Hi everyone, iím planning to go to a Robbie Burns supper. I just got a green argyle jacket and a tartan bow tie to go with my kilt. since itís a black tie event, should I wear the new argyle and bow tie or should i stick with the black argyle and black bow tie I previously owned? thanks
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    If you can find a website for the organization hosting your Burns Supper, you might get a clue about what most attendees are wearing.

    In Milwaukee, where I plan to attend, the prevailing pattern is definitely black jacket, so I'll be wearing my black Argyll and waistcoat.

    If I were to wear my lovat green Argyll jacket and waistcoat to an event, I'd wear a necktie instead of a bowtie, but that's my preference.

    Either way, enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patty1059 View Post
    since itís a black tie event
    If it's a black-tie event I'd opt for a black bow-tie.

    That still leaves you scope for choice with the jacket, but a black Argyle always looks good.

    Hope it goes well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patty1059 View Post
    Hi everyone, iím planning to go to a Robbie Burns supper. I just got a green argyle jacket and a tartan bow tie to go with my kilt. since itís a black tie event, should I wear the new argyle and bow tie or should i stick with the black argyle and black bow tie I previously owned? thanks
    Is the green argyle barathea or tweed?

    Iíd go with a black bow tie in any case and a black barathea argyle is always a good choice if the other men will be wearing black jackets like prince charlies (common at an American burns night).
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    Quote Originally Posted by FossilHunter View Post
    Is the green argyle barathea or tweed?

    Iíd go with a black bow tie in any case and a black barathea argyle is always a good choice if the other men will be wearing black jackets like prince charlies (common at an American burns night).
    itís tweed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patty1059 View Post
    itís tweed
    Iíd probably go black then since most other guys are likely to wear the same.

    Seeing if the event has a dress code would make it even more straight forward.

    The problem I find is that most people either ignore or are unaware of the dress code. My last highland event (ďfull dressĒ recommended on the website) had men in PCs, tweed argyles, doublets, business suits, and I think one tuxedo. Just all over the place. The unclear dress code didnít help but I imagine most just wore whatever kilt outfit they owned.
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    Wear the black argyll and black bow tie.

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    Tweed is not usually worn at formal events, so assuming your black argyle is not tweed then wear it with your black bow tie.

    At a push, if itís a choice between tweed green or tweed black then the black is going to get you by, but in truth itís not very satisfactory.

    Tartan ties of any sort worn with the kilt are best avoided from a traditional point of view. Very few manage to marry the two items together successfully.
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    "...itís a black tie event"

    You answer your own question here

    Black jacket, black tie.

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    The Burns Night events I have attended have always been "black tie" events, so I've worn my black tie and Prince Charlie jacket.

    Your black Argyll and tie should work fine. If you wanted to add color, a velvet doublet of some sort might work, too, although it doesn't sound like you have one of those lying around.

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