Black Tie Optional? Have you ever recieved an invitation and
been perplexed by the dress code? It is simpler than you think, keep this page as a reference point because here are a few solutions to some winter dress
code conundrums. Better yet, visit us in store and we will work through the details with you in person.
White tie & Morning Attire:The ‘penguin suit’ is usually
reserved for only the most formal evening occasions such as visiting royalty or
diplomatic events and commonwealth state dinners. The daywear equivalent is
'Morning attire' typically for formal day weddings or at Royal Ascot. Chances
are you'll never need to own either White Tie or Morning suits so you'll
usually hire one of these, alternatively you can have one tailor made. White
Tie involves a black tailcoat jacket, full white waistcoat, wing-tipped
collared dress shirt, self-tied white bow tie and patent leather ceremonials.
Pictured below is our Morning Suit,the more frequently worn choice and
involves a similar black coat, mismatching grey tone waistcoat, striped
trousers, black tie or bow tie and black leather toe-caps.
classic tailcoat has notched lapels and six buttons and is trimmed in finest
should be made from the same fabric as the tailcoat for White tie and striped
fabric for morning attire. They should be cut with a high waistline, to allow
for the high rise of the tailcoat.
White Tie bow tie should be made from the same fabric as the waistcoat.
Black tie: Still
the standard for formal wear, the mainstay for awards ceremonies, ballrooms and formal evening parties. Typically the most formal attire you'll ever need to have in your wardrobe. Black tie requires a dinner suit, potentially with an evening waistcoat, a dinner shirt, bow tie and
plain-toe black patent shoes, also known as ‘ceremonial’ shoes.
·Consider a velvet dinner jacket with silk lapel and black trousers. It’s smoking jacket cool.
·Select a peak or shawl lapel, but never a notch lapel. Choose the peak if you want to look more athletic – it accentuates the shoulders.
·A midnight blue jacket is a way to twist the tuxedo rules for extra cut-through.
·Your dinner shirt should always have a turn-down collar, never a wing collar.
·Tying a bow tie is no more difficult than tying your shoelaces. We’ll show you how.
in the Gatsby days, cocktail dressing means tailoring, but never a tuxedo. It
involves a sleek suit (but not a business pinstripe) or cocktail jacket/pants combo, a solid colour shirt (although
low-level patterns are acceptable), a creative tie, pocket square (optional)
and a nice belt. Finish the look with oxfords or loafers. It is an outfit to have fun in while you tell crap jokes to your friends and colleagues.
- A velvet jacket (without silk lapels) comes in to its element in a cocktail environment.
Coloured or patterned
socks are an opportunity for self-expression.
· Unless you're wearing a white shirt, pocket squares
shouldn’t match your shirt or tie exactly. That’s altogether too twee.
Go for high shine on
the shoes. Double the usual spit and polish.
If your shirt is
simple, choose a bolder tie in a complementary colour. Bow ties are a no in this instance,
unless you’re an architect. They can do what they want.
A black shirt with no
tie can be a striking look.
Suits are dark, but
don’t have to be black or plain. Consider a small dot and/or a flattering shade
Business Formal/Business Casual
: You know the first one well. A plain or patterend suit, simple shirt and tie with black or dark brown leather lace up shoes. Business casual can be interpreted as a suit or structured blazer trouser combination (of the tidiest kind) without the tie. Easy as that. TIP
-Be over-dressed rather than under-dressed if you're unsure of a Business dress code. You can always whip your tie offGarden Attire:
Not for planting your parsnips. This sometimes turns up on outdoor parties and weddings. Opt for lighter natural colours over dark black tones and don't wear a suit, your armor is a wool or cotton jacket with complementary trousers. Pair with a single cuff patterned shirt with brown brogues or monk strap shoes. A pocket square without the tie works just fine.TIP
-A knitted tie is an ideal accessory to dress the wedding attire. It formalises the look just enough.Black Tie Optional:
Sometimes you'll get an invitation with 'Black tie optional' on it. This means your hosts will be wearing Black Tie but don't expect all of their guests to go to the same effort. In this case try for a dinner suit but if you're short of time, substitute a plain black suit, dinner shirt, bow tie and pocket square.