Black Tie Dress Code | 9 Fundamentals For A Black Tie Event

Black Tie Dress Code | 9 Fundamentals For A Black Tie Event

Kirby Allison, founder of The Hanger Project, goes over the fundamentals of a black tie and the small, subtle details that make this look so special. A man looks at his best when a black tie is perfectly executed. Every rule that you follow makes you look better and every rule you break makes you look worse. Following these traditional guidelines will ensure that you show up to a black tie event appropriately dressed so you can rest in confidence that you look proper in any formal situation.


Rules of Black Tie:

Dinner Jacket: No notched lapels
Trousers: Single, vertical stripe & No cuffs
Bow tie: Same material as tuxedo lapel
Fold Down Collar or Wing Collar
Covered waist: Cummerbund (pleats facing upwards)/Waistcoat
Black Dress Shoes: Cap Toe Oxfords, Wholecuts, Opera Pumps
Black Socks: Over the calf silk or non fuzzy black socks
White Shirts: Plain with a flat front
Buttons: Studs or Shirt with covered placket
Pocket Square: How to fold a pocket square video →
Vest (optional): Accessorize with pocket watch or pocket watch chain
Watch (optional): Thin timepiece with leather strap

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