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Black Tie


There are many complexities to choosing the right look for a formal event. Normally, the event invitation will provide direction about the desired type of attire; the following guidelines cover the most common types.

Black Tie
For a black tie event, tuxedos are mandatory. Black tie is defined as a tuxedo and proper accessories. This doesn’t necessarily limit you to wearing the traditional black bow tie – accessories enable a gentleman to show his personality. (Just make sure you don’t out-shine the guest of honor!)

Black Tie Preferred
Black Tie Requested

Your host would prefer that you wear a tuxedo to these events, and most gentlemen in attendance will honor with this request to help celebrate a very special occasion. In addition to a black tuxedo, white/ivory dinner jackets are appropriate during warmer weather.
Black Tie Invited
Black Tie Optional
While tuxedos are not mandatory for these events, you will likely see more of them than suits. A good rule of thumb is that you can never be overdressed … especially if your partner is wearing an evening gown.
White Tie This is a very formal event, and the guidelines are probably very strict: black tails with black trousers, white pique wing collar shirt, white pique vest and bow tie, pearl jewelry, formal shoes, and white gloves. Consider these accessory options to express individuality: silk scarf, top hat, or cane.