Black Tie invitations can sometimes be intimidating due to their strictness but believe us, they are not that difficult to understand. While you may be considering experimenting a little, you ideally should not. Black Tie invitations require you to look like 007 and you should try to do exactly that. Here are some pointers for the ‘to be’ Bond.
1. Getting your jacket right: A tuxedo jacket is the most imperative element in your dress. While there is no restriction on the style of a tuxedo jacket, it is only essential to wear something that separates you from the stewards. Make sure your lapels are clean and shiny. Your dress jacket should always have silk or satin lapels and should never ever have a tail. Ever.
Photograph: Daniel Craig wearing a tuxedo.
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2. The trouser and the shoe: Your trousers should be a perfect match with your jacket. They should look like inseparable twins and should make the eye slide seamlessly on your body. While pleats on the trousers are optional, you should choose one without them. For heaven’s sake, wear high-waisted trousers and have them hemmed in a way that reveals your shoe laces. When it comes to shoes, do not try to go casual. Shoes complete your look and should not be ignored. Traditionally, a pair of shiny opera shoes with a bow embellishment is the answer. If you wish to break away, do not go too far and stick to classy laced-up oxfords. Brogues are the last option and anything lesser than that is a sin.
3. Dress shirt: The dress shirt should be white at all costs. There is absolutely no need to even think of any other colour here. If you find this strictness too suffocating, you may choose between styles. You may opt for a wing collar instead of a normal one or even a shirt with a pleated bosom. You may choose shirts without buttons, too. If you do that, make sure you have classy studs along with it.
Photograph: A model carrying a tuxedo
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4. Covering the waist: A black tie invitation accepts two types of waist covering. Traditionally, you could wear a waistcoat under your jacket but of course, it comes with its own guidelines. The waistcoat is not the one you would wear with a three piece suit. This one is low cut and wide. Make sure that the material is same as the dress jacket and has similar lapels too. Try to keep your waistcoat buttoned up. Alternatively, you may also wear a cummerbund. Make sure it’s pleated and is of the same material as the dress jacket. Whichever you choose, make sure they conceal your trouser’s waistband entirely.
5. Ties and accessories: Bow ties are the thing with a tuxedo. Not only do they make a statement, it is great to wear a bow tie to this event because you probably won’t have a many opportunities to wear them. They come in different sizes and shapes, so choose them according to your taste. Class and elegance should be your guidelines with bow ties. While accessorizing, choose cuff links that match your jacket buttons. Pocket squares provide no creativity as white is the only option. If you wish to add some colour, go for a boutonniere but keep it simple. It’s your tuxedo that demands attention, not your accessories.
Photograph: Randeep Hooda wearing a bow tie and cummerbud.
Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani
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