Tie or Full Dress - This is the most formal outfit
- and it is quite specific. White tie means you should be wearing
a black tailcoat, matching black trouser, white pique formal shirt,
white pique vest, and a white pique bow-tie. No you can't substitute
a regular tuxedo for the tails - you'll get arrested by the fashion
Tie - Most formal affairs fall into this category. Black
tie means you need to wear a tuxedo. Single breasted or double
breasted, peak, notch, or shawl collar will do. It's your choice.
Your tuxedo will need a formal shirt (no you can't just wear
a white dress shirt - everyone will know you're trying to cut
corners), bow-tie and cummerbund set or vest and tie set, cuff
links and studs. A traditionalist will wear a black bow-tie and
cummerbund set, and black, round cuff links and stud set. If
you would like to be less formal then wear a vest and tie set
instead of the cummerbund.
preferred – This is the host’s way of telling you
that you’ll be out of place unless you are wearing a tuxedo.
Any tuxedo is OK, no tailcoats. You are allowed to wear a dark,
dressy suit (we would suggest a navy or black tone-on-tone stripe
– please see eSuit.com
or call) without having security throw you out in a humiliating
scene, however, you will feel lonely without your tuxedo.
optional – This means the host and those with the “in-crowd”
will be wearing a tuxedo. Of course, this also means those with
the “out-crowd” will be wearing a suit. Wouldn’t
you rather be with the “in-crowd”? Tails are too fancy.
Stick with either a tuxedo or visit eSuit.com for a dark, dressy
invited – This means the hostess really, really wants
you to wear a tuxedo but isn’t going to press the issue.
Rest assured, the host will be dressed to the nines in his tux.
Expect about half of the men to be wearing a tuxedo, half wearing
Semi-formal – This means you are supposed to wear either a tuxedo or a
dinner jacket. The rules are a less stringent, go ahead and wear
that wild-and-crazy vest and ties set. Try something a little less
conservative. Just remember, the fashion police are out there – watching
. . .
Black Tie - There is no definition for this, that is, most
anything goes as long as you are wearing a tuxedo jacket. One shudders
to think some may voluntarily choose to wear a tuxedo jacket
and bluejean cut-offs. We believe creative black tie provides
you with the opportunity to wear an interesting novelty vest
which makes your outfit stand out from the crowd.
/ Pastel Colors - Absolutely, positively not! Not only
would you be arrested, the fashion police would throw away the
key! Keep in mind, not only do you want to look your best for
this day, but you don't want to be embarrassed looking at the
pictures 5 years later!
is most traditional?
The most traditional tuxedo style is the single-breasted, 1-button,
peak lapel tuxedo. This is where tuxedo fashions started. While
this is the most traditional, it is not the most popular. The 1-button
notch lapel tuxedo wins that category hands down. Nonetheless,
any of the 1-button single breasted styles will last you for years
to come. These styles are evergreens - always in fashion. Sure,
the lapel width may fluctuate over the years, but these styles
are the classics. As you venture into 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9 button
tuxedos you walk further out onto the fickle fashion world's timeline
- 9 button styles will last the season, 3 button a few years, the
others somewhere in between.
For the staunch traditionalist, formal morning and afternoon
affairs require either a stroller
or cutaway. These, like White Tie are very specific outfits.
Yes, formal shoes make the outfit. No it's not the end of the
world if you choose regular dress shoes provided these are:
basic, simple (plain toe, capped toe), clean, freshly polished
to a high shine, black shoes. Formal shoes are made from shiny
patent leather and are typically very simple and very dressy.
They really do make the outfit look complete and they do not
go out of style.
Formal trousers have a black satin stripe or braid along the
outside seam. This is a relic of the trouser's military days. What
if you don't like the stripe - Get over it! This is a requirement
for formalwear - no stripe = no go! And never, ever cuff the
pants. Cuffed formal pants require mandatory sentencing by
the fashion police! Formal pants do not have belt loops. Either
have your tailor alter your pants to fit without needing a
belt or wear button-in suspenders (black or white only).
it's cold outside
The "right" coat to wear with a tuxedo is a chesterfield
topcoat. This is a grey herringbone coat with a black velvet collar.
Alternatively, a black full length trenchcoat will also work. If
you are interested, give us a call, we do carry both coats.