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When the invitation says Black Tie?
A gentleman understands his clothing is not just about him; his personal presentation is a reflection of the respect he shows to those around him.
The classic black tie outfit will not change, you can always wear it. Do you really want to wear a cheap tux other people have worn so many times? The answer is No. Think about the design choice, custom tailoring, and quality such important factors but not for rentals. Even lower cost tuxedos will be of better quality than a rental. In the end, buying your own tux will allow you to tailor your garment for the perfect fit.
Tuxedo – The classic black tie tux is solid black or a dark colour like navy, blues and greys. White dinner jackets worn with black pants are common for day time black tie functions. The most common cut is the single breasted tuxedo or the other choice available is a double breasted jacket. However, the first style is more traditional and classic. Notice that single breasted tux is typically worn unbuttoned; the double breasted cut should be worn buttoned. When it comes to lapels, the most classic is the peak lapel or equally formal is the shawl lapel. Usually the lapel has a shiny silk facing that matches the facing on the jacket’s buttons. Always choose a natural fabric such as wool because it is more carefree, more breathable, and comfortable than synthetic fibber. All Ron Bennett suits are 100% Australian Wool.
Pants – Classic trousers are black and made from the same fabric as the jacket. The outer seems are hidden and covered by a silk band that matches the jacket’s lapels. Tuxedo pants do not have belt loops, as they never worn with a belt. Instead, they are either tightened using adjustable side tabs or suspenders.
Shirts – The classic shirt is bright white in colour, has a turn-down spread collar, has a pleated front, and is French cuffed. The turn-down collar is the most classic style. Best are wide-spread collars that will hide behind the jacket’s lapels creating a more elegant look. Also popular, is the wing-tip collar dress. Regardless of the style you choose, black tie dress shirts never have a breast pocket.
Waistcoat – It is optional to wear a waistcoat or a cummerbund. Most formal waistcoats are low cut, showing as much of the shirt’s decorative pleats. Single as well as double breasted waistcoats are acceptable. Traditionally the waistcoat has 3 buttons that are faced in sateen silk matching the lapels.
Accessories – Black Bow Tie, a Plain Black Dress Shoe; Black Socks; Cufflinks, Shirt Studs, Pocket Square and a Dress Watch
When the invitation says Semi Formal?
Semi-Formal means that tuxes are not required. Also known as Black Tie Creative, Back Tie Alternative and Black Tie Optional.
• Darker colours for suits after 6pm / lighter colours for before 6pm. Remember dress for the end of the evening.
• Shirts – lighter colours, not to bold
• Tie or bow tie – bright colours are acceptable
• Polished clean shoes
• Accessories – Tie bar, cufflinks, pocket square
Creative Black Tie leaves room for trendy interpretation of formal wear. You can choose a more modern tux, black shirt and no tie.
Cocktail – Dark colour suit with white shirt and necktie.
Lounge Suit – Suit is navy, blues, grey or taupe, vest optional, with shirt and tie, pochette.
When the invitation says Smart Casual?
The first rule in dressing for an event is to understand the invitation. What to wear when the invitation says Casual?
Also known as Business Casual. It means that the tie can now come off, but it must be a collared shirt, and jacket and pants can now be separate colours, such as navy blazer with great chino.
• Suit, Blazer or Sports Coat
• Trousers or Chinos
• Collared Shirt in colours, Stripes or Checks
• Tie or a Bow Tie
• Vest is optional
• Accessories- Tie Bar, Pocket Square, Suspenders and a Dress Watch
• No Jeans