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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ADAM PEATY: IN THE SWIM
WE DIVE STRAIGHT IN AT THE DEEP END WITH QUESTIONS FOR OUR SPORTING HERO
It’s ironic that having once been phobic of water, Britain’s favourite swimmer and Olympic champion holds the fastest 100m breaststroke time in history.
THE SUNSET PARTY
CELEBRATION OF AN ITALIAN SUMMER
Guests Loro Piana showcased their full collection of luxurious cloths at the Clements and Church Sunset party.
THE ART OF PACKING
TAILORS TIPS ON HOW TO PACK LIGHT AND STILL LOOK SHARP
To get a true capsule wardrobe, take items that work with one another; can be interchanged throughout your trip and can be layered to create different looks. Be clever with your packing and use small items to fill spaces inside shoes.