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Dressing For A Black Tie Event

Author : Aubrey Chloe

Submitted : 2011-07-22 18:21:38    Word Count : 605    Popularity:   35

Tags:   Black tie, Mens suits, Tuxedos, Zoot suits, Italian suits

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Black tie dress code is needed for most of the formal events. Black tie can be interpreted in various ways; however there are certain things you need to be aware of, before attending a formal function that call for black tie costume.

Basics about Black Tie Dress Code:
Black tie is traditional formal outfit that is put on for an event taking place in the evening or after six o'clock. Usually formal and semi-formal events call for black tie and it may also be clearly mentioned on an invitation. Some common black tie events include: Weddings, Opening night at the opera, Captain's dinner on a cruise, Fundraising dinners and events, Awards ceremonies and Holiday parties.

For basic, elegant black tie apparel, the following components should be worn:
• Black tuxedo having a black dinner jacket with a satin lapel or ribbed silk facings (usually grosgrain) on a shawl collar or peaked lapel (while a notched lapel is a popular modern choice, it is traditionally considered less formal).
• Black dress pants that either have a satin or silk stripe down the leg.
• Black silk bow tie matching the lapel facings.
• Black low-cut waistcoat or cummerbund.
• White dress shirt with a pleated or ribbed front.
• Shirt studs (optional, depending on the type of shirt) and cufflinks.
• Black knee high or calf length dress socks usually of silk or fine wool.
• Black shoes in either patent leather or a highly polished leather.
• A white dinner jacket is suitable when the weather is warmer.

Accessories should be kept to a minimum. A white handkerchief in linen (silk and cotton are modern alternatives) should be worn. Or else you could opt for a boutonnière (buttonhole) such as a red or white carnation, blue cornflower, or rosebud. Remember, boutonnières and handkerchiefs should not be worn simultaneously. Jewelry should be limited to a wristwatch or pocket watch and a ring.

Black Tie Considerations:
Just like any other dress code, there are certain rules to bear in mind while dressing for a black tie event. Anything that is too flashy, elaborate or bizarre should be avoided. Black tie dress code is formal and requires you to dress in a specific manner. You can contact the host or hostess of the event and clarify with them if you are in doubt about what is needed.

Black Tie Variations:
Often there may be other variations of black tie. Variations include:
• Black tie optional means you have the choice of wearing a tuxedo. A dark suit and tie is your other alternative.
• Creative black tie lends for a trendy interpretation of formal attire. It is acceptable to put on a more modern styled tuxedo or a black shirt instead of white. When it calls for creative black tie dress, it is also acceptable to not wear a tie. The style can reflect your own personality and be as original as you.

Where to Shop:
There are many stores that specialize in tuxedo rentals. If you do not own a tuxedo, you could rent at a formalwear store. In case you attend enough formal functions, purchasing a tuxedo will be the best option. Many online stores have a great selection of tuxedos in various styles and cuts.

To look your best in any formal attire, you need to get properly fitted for your tuxedo. Pants need to have the right inseam and waist measurements and jackets need to fit in the shoulders, back and arms.

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