If a man’s suit ranks as his most articulate garment during the day, his formalwear should bespeak eloquence at night. When worn knowledgeably, the classic white- and blacke-tie formal kits present all men at their debonair best. Their black and white formats were intended as a foil to the woman’s more glamorous, colorful finery.Although contemporary society is a highly informal one with people wearing t-shirts to work and distressed jeans to dinner, black tie affairs still play a roll in the social lives of the modern gentleman. Black tie affairs are usually reserved for charity galas, formal or evening weddings, or holiday parties they also vary by social organizations. Event organizers are more likely to state the dress code on invitations to such events.
The classic tuxedo jacket is constructed of black or midnight blue material. The original and most formal model is the single breasted style with one button. The double breasted model originated in the 30’s, but is now considered just as acceptable. Tuxedo jackets without vents are the most slimming and formal although side vents can be more practical and comfortable.
The most formal style of lapel is the peaked style. It has the added benefit of emphasizing height and shoulder width with it’s upward and outward sweep. The shawl collar option inspired the smoking jacket and is also an option. Either style is equally correct. The trouser feature a stripe down the side. The cummerbund is accepted and is a matter of choice for the wearer. The black bow-tie should be a self tie model in silk to match the lapel facing,butterfly or bat-wing shape is left to the taste of the wearer.
During the summer or at anytime in the tropics it’s sufficient to wear an off white dinner jacket with self-faced lapels. In addition to the classic interpretations of black tie there are many modern variations like hues, patterns and designs, but one should always remember style is always understated and simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.