Black Tie

Black tie

Gentlemen

Black tie is sometimes referred to as 'dinner jackets', 'dress for dinner' and 'cravate noir' or, in America, as 'tuxedos.'

Traditional black tie for men consists of:

• Black wool dinner jacket. Single-breasted with no vents, silk peaked lapels (or a shawl collar) and covered buttons.
• Black trousers - slightly tapered - with a single row of braid down each outside leg.
• White marcella evening shirt with a soft turn-down collar, worn with cufflinks and studs.
• Black bow tie must be hand tied; avoid novelty ties or colours.
• Highly polished or patent black lace-up shoes.
• Black silk socks, long enough to ensure that no leg will show between the trouser leg and sock when seated.
• A white silk scarf is an optional but traditional accessory.

Top Tip: cummerbands or low cut black evening waistcoats are rarely worn nowadays.

Ladies

For ladies, a smart dress (such as a cocktail dress) is appropriate. It can be long or short, as long as it's not too short. It need not be black.

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