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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Dress Code Black Tie

Dressing for a Black Tie Event

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 this costume.

Basics about Black Tie Dress Code:

This 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 this costume and it may also be clearly mentioned on an invitation. Some common events which calls for this dress code 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. This 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.

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