Black Tie Basics

  • Black tie means a tuxedo or a dinner jacket. The tuxedo is usually black, but in summer, white jackets are often worn instead. The key to dressing up, though, is to have fun while looking good.

  • When you’re wearing a tux, you should be wearing a white tuxedo shirt with French cuffs and a wing collar or a medium turn down collar. Wing collars do not work with shawl collar jackets. The wings should always be behind the tie.

  • Rent or buy? If you’re well advised, you can look elegant in a tuxedo rental. Do the math: How often will you wear a tuxedo in your life? Generally, it’s worth the cost to buy if you see yourself wearing it at least a few times.

  • Most tux shirts are made to wear with studs, and usually stud sets come with matching cufflinks. Often studs are gold or silver, but if you want to keep it simple you can find white studs that look like pearly buttons.

  • Whether it’s a bow tie or a long tie, your neckwear should match the lapel facing on your jacket. Satin with satin, grosgrain with grosgrain. Traditionalists wear bow ties, and it’s certainly a far more formal look.


    Look for a medium weight wool as it will work throughout the year. You’ll be set for life when it comes to weddings and galas.

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    The best bow tie is the one you tie yourself. If you absolutely cannot tie a bow tie, you can find an acceptable pre-tied bow, but steer clear of clip-ons.

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    The black tie is about observing a social convention, not trying to grab the spotlight.

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    Finish your formalwear off with just the right touch of bling.

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    Get the details right, from pocket silk to braces and everything in between.

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