WHAT IS BLACK TIE ATTIRE? WHAT IS BLACK TIE ATTIRE?

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GASP! You’ve received an incitation that states “Black Tie Attire” or you’re the groom and all eyes are on your at your own black tie affair! It can be a lot of pressure to get your wardrobe right for the night, but let’s face it, what man doesn’t look elegant in a tuxedo? In fact, there is little to worry about with a black tie dress code as the strictness of this dress code makes it one of the easiest outfits to plan. (Insert company name) has outlined a clear straightforward guide to help you round out your black-tie attire and impress those around you.

Traditionally, black tie attire means men wear a black tuxedo jacket with a white undershirt and a cummerbund or a waistcoat. Along with those basics a man’s dress would also consist of a black bowtie, polished black shoes, cuff links and shirt studs. 

The Jacket:

There are quite a few different styles of Tuxedo Jackets out there for men to choose from. Today, most jackets are single breasted. The rest of the style, as far as the lapel and fit, are a matter of customization and personal preference. Currently, the most common style is a single-breasted jacket with notch lapels. Other options would be opting for a double-breasted coat, peak laps and shawl collars; all of which would create a unique look for your black tie event. 

It is crucial (especially for the double breasted cut) to make sure your jacket is tailored correctly. A poorly fitted tuxedo jacket is the 

 

Trousers:

Black tie trousers are pretty straightforward, as they should match perfectly to the jacket you select. Meaning, the exact same material and the outer seams that are concealed beneath a strip of ribbon (or braid) should be made from the same material as the lapel. They must be high waisted, worn with suspenders and not have any belt loops. The trousers should be simple and minimal.

The Formal Dress Shirt:

Traditionally, the dress shirt worn under a dinner jacket should be white. It’s all about being understated rather than fighting to be the star of the show. The dress shirt, is one of the best places to cut back if you’re working with a tight budget. The biggest differences with the dress shirt are in the collar style as well as pleated or non-pleated front. Typically, with black tie dress code men wear a bow tie and that requires a wing tip collar. A wing tip collar is a smaller collar so that the majority of the bow tie will be visible. 

The dress shirt can also be personalized by switching up whether or not the shirt has please and what type of cuffs you choose. 

(please insert pictures of pleated versus none pleated dress shirts, wing collars, and French cuffs)

Waistcoat or Cummerbund:

These are not items many men have hanging in their closets already but a must have for the black tie event. The waistcoat is one of the only parts of a black tie outfit where you can add some extra detail and that doesn’t necessarily have to be either black or white. You can choose different materials or designs to bring a bit of your personality. 

Cummerbunds are generally black in color (unless your tie is a different color, then your cummerbund should match the tie) and are worn around the waist with the pleats facing upwards. Waistcoats, however, can be come in various colors and can be double or single breasted with different styles of lapels. Lastly, they are made with either open or closed backs. 

The Formal Bow Tie:

The formal bow tie is one of the pieces that makes this dress code what it is. Traditionally, the bow tie is solid black, but occasionally a dark blue or Burgundy are acceptable alternatives. Just because there’s not much variation you can do with doesn’t mean you can’t get a little creative with the style of the bow tie. Most of the time you want to match the size of the tie with the width of the lapels on the tuxedo jacket. For example a double-breasted tuxedo jacket with a wider lapel would pair very well with a larger butterfly bowtie. However a modern, tailored tuxedo jacket with a slim notch lapel would look great with a batwing or pointed bow tie. 

 

The Shoes: 

A sharp pair of polished black shoes will complete your black tie look. Tuxedo shoes should have a high shine or finish, rather than rugged looking shoes that may be worn with a suit. Most black tie dress shoes are either made from shiny patent leather or polished calfskin and almost all the time are lace-ups but formal pumps are also an option. 

Finishing Touches:

Suspenders are a must when it comes to the black tie tuxedo, as the appropriate trousers to choose should be without belt loops. Black or white suspenders are both acceptable and should never be clip on. The suspenders should be hidden beneath the chosen waist covering and should never be visible.

A plain white pocket square is the only option here. Any fold is acceptable however the preferred fabric is silk.

Today’s black tie affairs also allow for a simple wristwatch. However, the band should be black and the metal detailing should match or compliment the studs and cufflinks. A pocket watch would make an excellent alternative for the classic wristwatch.

Nothing makes a man feel and look as sharp and as debonair as donning that classic black tie tuxedo. As with anything in fashion there are always exceptions and ways to bend the rules a bit. Some trends have become accepted styles at black tie events, whereas others are simply experiments gone wrong. If you are tempted to deviant from the guide above do so with care and restraint.

GASP! You’ve received an incitation that states “Black Tie Attire” or you’re the groom and all eyes are on your at your own black tie affair! It can be a lot of pressure to get your wardrobe right for the night, but let’s face it, what man doesn’t look elegant in a tuxedo? In fact, there is little to worry about with a black tie dress code as the strictness of this dress code makes it one of the easiest outfits to plan. (Insert company name) has outlined a clear straightforward guide to help you round out your black-tie attire and impress those around you.

Traditionally, black tie attire means men wear a black tuxedo jacket with a white undershirt and a cummerbund or a waistcoat. Along with those basics a man’s dress would also consist of a black bowtie, polished black shoes, cuff links and shirt studs. 

The Jacket:

There are quite a few different styles of Tuxedo Jackets out there for men to choose from. Today, most jackets are single breasted. The rest of the style, as far as the lapel and fit, are a matter of customization and personal preference. Currently, the most common style is a single-breasted jacket with notch lapels. Other options would be opting for a double-breasted coat, peak laps and shawl collars; all of which would create a unique look for your black tie event. 

It is crucial (especially for the double breasted cut) to make sure your jacket is tailored correctly. A poorly fitted tuxedo jacket is the 

 

Trousers:

Black tie trousers are pretty straightforward, as they should match perfectly to the jacket you select. Meaning, the exact same material and the outer seams that are concealed beneath a strip of ribbon (or braid) should be made from the same material as the lapel. They must be high waisted, worn with suspenders and not have any belt loops. The trousers should be simple and minimal.

The Formal Dress Shirt:

Traditionally, the dress shirt worn under a dinner jacket should be white. It’s all about being understated rather than fighting to be the star of the show. The dress shirt, is one of the best places to cut back if you’re working with a tight budget. The biggest differences with the dress shirt are in the collar style as well as pleated or non-pleated front. Typically, with black tie dress code men wear a bow tie and that requires a wing tip collar. A wing tip collar is a smaller collar so that the majority of the bow tie will be visible. 

The dress shirt can also be personalized by switching up whether or not the shirt has please and what type of cuffs you choose. 

(please insert pictures of pleated versus none pleated dress shirts, wing collars, and French cuffs)

Waistcoat or Cummerbund:

These are not items many men have hanging in their closets already but a must have for the black tie event. The waistcoat is one of the only parts of a black tie outfit where you can add some extra detail and that doesn’t necessarily have to be either black or white. You can choose different materials or designs to bring a bit of your personality. 

Cummerbunds are generally black in color (unless your tie is a different color, then your cummerbund should match the tie) and are worn around the waist with the pleats facing upwards. Waistcoats, however, can be come in various colors and can be double or single breasted with different styles of lapels. Lastly, they are made with either open or closed backs. 

The Formal Bow Tie:

The formal bow tie is one of the pieces that makes this dress code what it is. Traditionally, the bow tie is solid black, but occasionally a dark blue or Burgundy are acceptable alternatives. Just because there’s not much variation you can do with doesn’t mean you can’t get a little creative with the style of the bow tie. Most of the time you want to match the size of the tie with the width of the lapels on the tuxedo jacket. For example a double-breasted tuxedo jacket with a wider lapel would pair very well with a larger butterfly bowtie. However a modern, tailored tuxedo jacket with a slim notch lapel would look great with a batwing or pointed bow tie. 

 

The Shoes: 

A sharp pair of polished black shoes will complete your black tie look. Tuxedo shoes should have a high shine or finish, rather than rugged looking shoes that may be worn with a suit. Most black tie dress shoes are either made from shiny patent leather or polished calfskin and almost all the time are lace-ups but formal pumps are also an option. 

Finishing Touches:

Suspenders are a must when it comes to the black tie tuxedo, as the appropriate trousers to choose should be without belt loops. Black or white suspenders are both acceptable and should never be clip on. The suspenders should be hidden beneath the chosen waist covering and should never be visible.

A plain white pocket square is the only option here. Any fold is acceptable however the preferred fabric is silk.

Today’s black tie affairs also allow for a simple wristwatch. However, the band should be black and the metal detailing should match or compliment the studs and cufflinks. A pocket watch would make an excellent alternative for the classic wristwatch.

Nothing makes a man feel and look as sharp and as debonair as donning that classic black tie tuxedo. As with anything in fashion there are always exceptions and ways to bend the rules a bit. Some trends have become accepted styles at black tie events, whereas others are simply experiments gone wrong. If you are tempted to deviant from the guide above do so with care and restraint.