Let’s just say that sometimes the term ‘ dress code’ can be a little bit vague, wooly. Unless it’s specifically stated on the invitation or you’ve been told what the dress code is, then you can become a little confused as to what you need to be wearing. The dress code that we are going to talk about here is for all those official events, galas and gatherings. Normally the dress code is included in the invitation: Formal Dress Code (Black Tie).
What is the Formal Dress Code?
Ok, palls! The formal dress code is if you don’t know yet, that ‘ code’ that we all have to be aware of – the gentleman’s ‘dress-for-the-occasion’ look. There is nothing more awesome than a suit and tie outfit. It gives you that cool classy vibe that catches the eye and the one girls love. Timeless, dandy and modern at the same time, a perfect reflection of one’s personal maturity. This is what the formal dress code is all about!
The Modern Formal Dress Code
The Black Tie
We start from here because this is it! It’s all about this timeless look – The Black Tie – occasionally known in the English-speaking world by its French name cravate noire. Is a dress code for evening events and social functions derived from British and American costume conventions of the 19th century.
The Black tie is one of, if not THE most commonly seen styles of formal wear. The classiest form of black tie look is the double-breasted and three-piece suits. As items, we have the classy jacket, the double cuff white shirt and the sartorial trousers with the fashionable difference of the trim to the lapel and down the side leg of the trousers.The Black Tie makes all the difference. It’s out there for us from our childhood school reunions to our serious dad look…cheers for that 🙂
Formal Dress Code – The Tuxedo
As far as wardrobe staples go, the tuxedo is a bastion of timeless style, forming the cornerstone of one of the last rigid dress codes we men must adhere to when it comes to formal events.
A classic piece of menswear that hasn’t really changed in the last 100 years, the tuxedo is the formal attire of choice for style icons from the red carpet to the silver screen. This evening wear look is the very definition of debonair. Satin (the IT material for a tuxedo) detailing on the blazer and the trousers make is visibly different from other classy looks. Tuxedos are historically only to be worn with bow ties and cummerbunds or waistcoats (low stance vests.) You can add a personal touch with a colored pocket square and you’ll be good to go.
“At Poole, we recommend a Marcella pique-fronted shirt [a texture that resembles the dimples of a golf ball], fastened with studs,” says Cundey, who is “not a great fan” of (perfectly passable) pleated versions.
An on-point black tie shirt will also have a turndown collar rather ‘wings’, which are traditionally for tailcoats. “Often you’ll see people try and make it look like an Edwardian thing by wearing a wing-collar shirt with a dinner suit, which [in my opinion] doesn’t really work.”
Your shirt should also be double-cuffed and secured by cufflinks, not buttons. You could get away with an ordinary white shirt in a wardrobe crisis, but you’ll look distinctly less studly.
The Bow Tie
Formal Dress Code – The Casual Suit
Go for a lighter neutral tone such as white, beige, tan, navy or even a light grey as these will be better suited for the occasion; you know sometimes black can be just a little too formal.
Breaking down the Formal Dress Code
- Black tie is the damn IT form of formal dress code to get your head around.
- Always stick to classic cuts and colors, but you know a little difference never hurt nobody.
- White tie is the ultimate in formal dress code for men.
- Suits are a the best, but still make sure they’re well fitting and sleek.
Important fact – Make sure that the suit fits you perfectly, as suits (casual or not ) can look out of the picture very quickly if you’re not too careful. Too big or too small and you will look kinda silly.
If you wanna go more traditional this video might help you