It will give a less prom-y look than a coral colored cummerbund would. In some places, local variations of white tie etiquette may traditionally be worn, such as highland dress in Scotland. March 10, at
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At the same time, look at other aspects of the tuxedo you purchased and see if it is still worth it. I am wearing a nice slim fit single button peak lapel. Would you recommend formal loafers, or lace-up shoes? That said, if budget is a consideration, the lace-ups would be our preference. You mention accessorising with a white silk pocket square but these are difficult to maintain a straight fold.
Would you favour a cotton substitute instead and what does etiquette dictate? You could also try a wool pocket square , it will hold its shape better and be fitting for the upcoming fall and winter season. That is the very definition of half-assing it. Black tux pants to go with it. My groomsmen are in charcoal suits, and dress code is not black tie.
I just loved the jacket and wanted to stand out a bit. Is there room for any color here? Or a long tie? I think I would look great with a black bow tie or long tie, but would it be strange for me or to be coordinated at all with the wedding party?
Whenever you have a dinner jacket on, we recommend a black bow tie, Ryan. Though the dress code may not be black-tie, your outfit becomes black-tie the moment you put that dinner jacket on.
Also, as you said, you would look great with a black bow tie. As for your groomsmen, they should be in neckties. This keeps everything cohesive among the wedding party while letting you stand out as the groom.
Question wearing a double breast4ed tux with turned down collar and a straight black tie can I still wear a cummerbun with the long tie? A black tie getup should include some sort of cover for the waist. Black tie means you should be wearing a bow tie. The tuxedo is a very specific combination of garments that signify a level of formality. A double breasted jacket ups the formality while a neck tie lowers it. We recommend you wear a black bow tie with your black tie look.
Not sure how to tie one? Right on cue, we just published a quick set of instructions for how to tie a bow tie. A tuxedo is about as festive as they get. If you want to give it a relaxed vibe we say skip the tie altogether. A tie adds a touch of formality. Instead, we recommend something more aggressive like an open collared navy gingham shirt with a midnight blue tuxedo. For more ways to go beyond by-the-book black tie check out our Beyond Black Tie article.
What would be the best type of bow tie? What would be best color braces to wear? Would black with polka dots be over the top? The bow tie type is a personal preference. The butterfly bow tie is a classic that looks great on everybody. Polka dots are too zany in our book, but a more subdued pattern is one way you might bend the rules with the braces. Your clothes should enhance your look and that starts with framing your face in the best possible way.
I notice no-one talks about Marcella black bows ties now. I have several in both black and white and the black are worn with a Marcella shirt. None of the websites mention this apart from the odd thing relevant to white tie. Is there a reason for this or is it something from the obscure past?
With the shift toward more casual looks across the board and the loosening of traditional black tie rules, interest in things like marcella bow ties is waning.
I will be going to jail soon and want to wear a black tux going into the pen. The fellas will think I look dapper and I am a Don. Also, I can wink to the right fellas discretely knowing that I may have to do what I have to do to survive. Eit her way,I want to make a big statement cause I am a short guy but very bulky. Is this the best way to show the fellas whose boss in the big house? Hi, I have a black tie event at Christmas in London and was interested to K of firstly if the waist coat lapel had to mirror the tuxedo lapel or if no lapel was better on the waist coat?
Secondly as its winter would a silk scarf be better than a woolen one with the overcoat… is there an etiquette to the accessory? As to the first question, a formal waistcoat lapel should match the facing on the dinner jacket lapel. As for the scarf, silk would still be appropriate, for the same reasons. The colder it is the more tightly you may wnat to wrap it around your neck. What colour pocket square should I wear with a black bow tie and midnight blue tuxedo.
I know you shouldnt match your pocket square and tie but would a black silk pocket square be okay. A simple, white silk pocket square is the way to go here, Viktor. I am getting married in July. It is not a super formal event guests will likely wear a casual suit or sport coat and slacks with tie. However, I really liked the look of a particular midnight blue tuxedo jacket with midnight blue lapels.
I am the groom, so I feel like looking extra spiffy. Additionally, i prefer the dark blue pant look to black pant look. If so, what color cummerbund makes sense? A tuxedo would have black satin lapels and a pair of pants without belt loops that feature a black strip of satin down the outseam.
So a midnight blue tuxedo should look like this. So what options would we recommend? Go all the way and wear an actual midnight blue tuxedo , or If you want to put a different spin on the tux, go with a Royal Blue Dinner Jacket with Black Tuxedo Pants , or a Midnight Brown Dinner Jacket with Black Tuxedo Pants or If all this formality is too much for you, go with a midnight blue suit customized with peak lapels and accessorize it with a dark tie neck tie, white shirt, white pocket square and black shoes for a classy, dressy look.
We hope one of these alternatives will work for you. I got my tux from black lapel a year ago for my brothers wedding. In terms of cleaning the peak tuxedo and shirt, what would you recommend?
I read that dry cleaning may not be the best way. Also when should I clean it? Two weeks before the wedding? However, when we say regularly, we mean like once every couple of weeks. Dry cleaning it ocassionally is fine. As for the shirt, have your dry cleaner launder it every time you wear it.
All of this is assuming you have a reputable dry cleaner that you can trust with a quality product like a Black Lapel tuxedo. A wooden hanger will them keep their shape between wearings.
What do you recommend? The choice here is between a vest and a cummerbund. Remember, a cummerbund is not a belt. A formal vest is there to cover your waist also hence the name waistcoat. Suspenders, on the other hand, have a function—holding your pants in place.
So, we suggest suspenders under either a vest or cummerbund. Some say that a cummerbund is better looking under a shawl lapel jacket and a vest is better looking under a peak lapel jacket. That said, the slimmer you are the better a vest will look on you. On the flip side the cummerbund, when worn correctly, can help downplay a larger belly.
So go with what best fits your body and, most importantly, what looks best to you. Can you wear a traditional tuxedo shirt with pleats and the smaller collar fold down with a tie and vest. Or stick with the bow tie and vest? A pleated tuxedo shirt should always be worn with a bow tie. The pleats and the neck tie would look strange together, so stick with the bow tie, BeeJay. Hi, My tux is dark gray with a black satin shawl lapel. I was thinking about getting a wool black bow tie and was wondering if that material would work, as I really like the look, or if I should stick with a satin or velvet bow tie.
In that case, we recommend checking out our Beyond Black Tie article where we suggested changing things up with a silk knit bow tie. A black wool bow tie is another way to mix things up a bit. One thing, though, Brian. Wool ties are seasonal.
Is a wool bow tie significantly warmer than a silk one? Probably not, but the look is touch too wintry for, say, a black tie summer wedding. My son is escorting girl friend to prom. He has his own formal wear — modern fit peak collar jacket, cummerbund and flat front pants.
Girl insists he wear a black formal shirt with tie that apparently she is having made black and gold to match her dress. Do I assume correctly he wears black braces because of the shirt issue?
His studs are mother of pearl — okay with shirt thing? So many ill-conceived outfits. I am a groom to be.. Iam planing to wear white tux and white shirt with black buttons and black toursurs. But iam little confused about, belt or cummerbund.!!
I have a brown belt and a black cummerbund with me. Which will be more matching to the mentiond tux. We say go with the black cummerbund and forego the belt altogether. Congrats and good luck suiting up for your wedding! The sleeve cuff buttons are fabric covered, does the front button also have to be covered?
Thanks for your advice. Yes, the front button should also be fabric covered and likely was to start. You can reference any of our tuxedos to see what a fabric covered front button looks like on a tuxedo!
Blue velvet dinner jacket black lapels , black tuxedo pants, black shoes, white French cuff shirt, cuff links obviously … bow tie black or Blue jackard.
To answer the question about the bow tie, we generally think some of the rules of black tie can be bent. In fact, we wrote a whole article about it. But one rule we adhere to is that black tie requires a tie that is black.
Partially because it just sounds silly to wear a non-black tie to a black tie event. But the main reason we follow this rule is that the color of the tie has meaning. I have a midnight blue velvet tux and wondering what kind of bowtie would go with it? I am definitely going to do a black one but should it be velvet or silk?
And what colour pocket square would you suggest? I am wearing it for my wedding reception. We recommend the classic black silk bow tie. Would I be able to wear a tuxedo with a matching african print bow tie and pocket square, with black suspenders to a wedding where no dress code was specified? This sounds like one kick-ass outfit.
And would the cummerbund then have to match the bow tie? This rule should only be applied to traditional black tie, mainly solid colors. If you need some ideas on what to wear to a wedding with a certain dress code, read this. Hello, I am a bride-to-be. I asked my fiancé to get a tuxedo for our wedding, and he did. He wants to use a coral color bow tie with a pocket piece of same colour. What do you think about him using a belt, instead of a cummerbund?
Please, I would like to help me convince him with your express reply. The bow tie is tied using a common shoelace knot , which is also called the bow knot for that reason. Often, members of wedding parties wear pastel bow ties with their dinner suits; this is inappropriate in a black tie context because it dilutes the formal integrity of the outfit, thereby reducing it to a party costume. Black tie trousers traditionally have no cuffs turn-ups in British English or belt loops.
The outer seams are usually decorated with a single braid of silk or a material that matches or complements the lapel facing. Traditionally, braces suspenders , hidden by the waistcoat , are used to support the trousers. Belts should not ever be worn with black tie trousers.
Evening trousers can be flat-fronted or pleated today; pleats first coming into fashion in the s. Whilst flat-fronted trousers are more fashionable at present, pleated trousers may be considered more comfortable by men who have wider hips and a narrow waist. A waist covering should generally be worn as part of a black tie ensemble. Either a low cut waistcoat or cummerbund may be worn, but never both at the same time.
Although the English authority Debrett's consider that wearing a waistcoat is smart, they no longer consider either waist covering to be essential. A low cut waistcoat should be worn when wearing a single-breasted coat. Waistcoasts come in the 'V' or rarer 'U' shape, in backless or fully backed versions, double or single breasted , with or without lapels.
Single breasted styles typically have three buttons, and double breasted ones three or four rows. Before World War II, while black tie was still gaining acceptance, men would wear a white waistcoat , along with other details now associated primarily with white tie , such as stiff fronted shirts.
However, this style, though increasingly viewed as an affectation, is still acceptable in the United States. The waistcoat should be made from either the same fabric as the dinner jacket traditional or the same silk as the jacket's lapels popular.
When a waistcoat has lapels , they should be faced in the same silk as those of the jacket; in this case it is considered more refined if the body is made from the same fabric as the jacket.
The buttons may be self-faced or covered in the same silk as the lapels. Vintage waistcoats were sometimes closed with studs made from onyx or mother of pearl , which were often surrounded by a setting of silver or gold. A waistcoat is never worn with a double breasted jacket. Since this style of jacket is never unbuttoned, the waist of the trousers is never exposed, and therefore does not need to be covered,  though before World War II an edge of waistcoat was often shown between the jacket and shirt.
A cummerbund may be worn with a dinner jacket in lieu of a waistcoat and, although it is considered slightly less formal, it is equally correct. It looks especially well with a shawl collar dinner jacket but may be worn in conjunction with peak lapels.
The material of the cummerbund should be silk satin , grosgrain or faille , or barathea to match that of the bow tie. It features upward facing folds, which were originally used to store theatre or opera tickets, and are now considered to be more decorative than functional. Just like the waistcoat , cummerbunds are not worn with a double breasted jacket. As the cummerbund is seen as an extension of the trousers, traditionally it should the same colour, i. Some higher quality models feature a hidden pocket and an elastic loop to fasten to the trousers.
Shirts designed to be worn with black tie are called "formal shirts," or "tuxedo shirts" in American English and "dress shirts" in British English. In the earlyth century, a piqué shirt with a detachable wing collar and single cuffs such as is worn with white tie was used, and in the s and s ruffled bibs were popular, but neither styles are often seen today.
The wing collar originally disappeared in black tie after the s when the appropriately semi-formal attached turndown collar shirt became preferred, but it has been popular with American men in a less substantial, attached form since the s. However, many style authorities argue that the wing collar should remain the domain of white tie for aesthetic reasons. Although some style authorities consider the wing collar to be an acceptable option for black tie shirts, they should not be worn with double cuffs or a pleated bib,  and are better suited to the more formal single-breasted peak lapel jacket.
When a full dress shirt is worn in this fashion, it should be accompanied by the white marcella waistcoat ordinarily associated with white tie. Debrett's do not endorse the wing collar as being compatible with the black tie dress code. The more formal marcella version of the shirt fastens with matching shirt studs.
These are most commonly in silver or gold settings, featuring onyx or mother-of-pearl ; various geometrical shapes are worn, e. There has been no consistent fashion preference for gold or silver, but studs with mother-of-pearl are more formal and therefore often associated with white tie.
The soft-front pleated version of the shirt should be fastened with mother-of-pearl buttons, typically supplied with the shirt on a separate strip of fabric. Alternatively, a fly-front shirt, appropriate with both the marcella and pleated bibs, conceals the placket for a more minimalistic look.
There are several types of cufflinks that may be worn with black tie. The most formal and decorative are the double-panel type, which dress both sides of the cuff and are connected by a chain or link of metal; this model conceals the mechanism by which the cuff is secured. The most common, and least decorative, are the swivel bar type; whilst these are acceptable, they leave the inner side of the cuffs and mechanism exposed which is incongruous with formal dress.
The most formal and traditional shoes are patent leather opera pumps court shoes decorated with grosgrain bows. The more popular alternative currently is the black lace-up Oxford shoe , in patent leather or calfskin , with a rounded plain toe. Brogueing or any other decorative patterns should never be seen on Black Tie footwear. Shoes are almost invariably black and patent leather is considered more formal than matte finishes while pumps are considered more formal than lace-ups.
Generally considered too informal for black tie are shoes with open lacing, such as the Derby shoe bluchers in American English. Notable alternatives include the black button boot primarily of historical interest only and the monogrammed Albert slipper which was originally worn only at home. The black Gucci loafer in leather is also considered as an alternative, especially in urban British settings. Most etiquette and fashion guides of the current decade recommend keeping color touches and favoring a single color, usually dark; muted reds, such as maroon, are a traditional choice.
A handkerchief in linen traditional , silk, or cotton is usually worn in the breast pocket. A flower may be worn. Red and white carnation , blue cornflower , and rosebud have all been popular at times. In France , the boutonnière is usually a gardenia. Black-tie events do not involve outerwear and coats and gloves are no longer considered part of the dress code. However, etiquette for what to wear in public in transit to and from black tie occasions was stiffer in earlier eras and remain an option: Matching overcoats are usually black, charcoal , or dark blue , and traditionally of the Chesterfield style.
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