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Also referred to as Evening Dress, Black Tie is the most popular formal event dress code and calls for a dinner suit or tuxedo with contrast silk lapels, a dinner shirt with French cuffs, and a tie (preferably a bow tie). You cannot simply wear a black business suit.

Dinner Suit collars require some consideration. Always choose a peak lapel or shawl collar - but never a notch lapel. A shawl collar dinner suit should only be worn with a wing collar shirt, while the peak lapel can be worn with either collar styled shirts.

Dinner trousers feature braiding down the leg and are designed without belt loops. They should be worn with a cummerbund or braces, never a belt.

Anthony Squires

Five Tips for Black Tie Dressing

Invest In a Tuxedo

Invest in a classic black tuxedo with a well-fitted single-breasted jacket and matching trousers. The traditional black tuxedo typically consists of a dinner jacket with satin or grosgrain lapels, matching trousers with a satin stripe down the leg, a crisp white dress shirt, and a black bow tie. We recommend the Andrew for a timeless and worthwhile investment.

Find the Perfect Fit

Ensure your tuxedo fits perfectly, with the jacket snug on the shoulders and sleeves ending at the wrist bone, and trousers comfortably sitting at the waist. Visit an Anthony Squires boutique for tailoring and bespoke options.

Wear Quality Accessories

Choose high-quality accessories such as a black silk bow tie, patent leather dress shoes, and cufflinks to complement your ensemble. We recommend the Diamond Event Derby Shoe, including our patented gel innersole for maximum comfort.

Consider Grooming

Personal grooming is essential for black tie events. Ensure that your hair is neatly styled, and consider getting a fresh haircut before the event if needed. Clean-shaven or well-groomed facial hair is preferable, but if you choose to have a beard or mustache, make sure it is well-maintained.

Show Confidence

Lastly, wear your tuxedo with confidence. Stand tall, maintain good posture, and carry yourself with grace and poise. Confidence is key to pulling off any formal attire with style and sophistication.


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