THIS SEASON'S EVENING WEAR
We are hurtling towards the season of good cheer - with parties, balls and dinners a plenty. When the dress code states Black Tie, it means that only the utmost formality will do and for these occasions, there is no substitute for a tuxedo.
Although the requirement for Black Tie often only happens a couple of times a year, it carries a certain pressure to make the effort. Invest in something well-made which fits you properly and you will consistently look great. With a dinner jacket, it's the small details that make the difference: the facing material on the lapels should match the braiding on the trousers and ideally the button fabric too.
The black dinner suit in textured or patterned 100% wool gives a contemporary look, alternatively midnight navy is a growing trend for evening suits. In low light, it gives a richness not seen with black fabric; it looks sumptuous and has an old school James Bond elegance.
A cool alternative for the traditional tux is a velvet dinner jacket, but it needs to fit perfectly. Velvet gives a vintage look and elegant smoking jacket style. Not to be worn as a suit, instead; team it If with smart black trousers.
For a show stopper, an off-white tuxedo jacket will have the desired effect, however keep all other elements simple – black evening trousers and a slim black tie (rather than bow tie) will add a modern twist.
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