Once a black tie invitation has been received, it’s not unusual for panicked questions to spring to mind once the initial excitement has faded. Do I need a cummerbund? What kind of socks should I wear? How do I wear my hair? What even is a cummerbund?
Black tie events are all about following the rules, after all. But played right they are also prime opportunities for you to look the best you ever will. The combination of slim-cut black suit, box-fresh white shirt and perfectly tied bow tie is eternally chic and so simple that even the most style illiterate would struggle to get it wrong.
The key, as with most things, is in the details, from the style of bow tie around your neck to the shine of the shoes on your feet. So take our (be-gloved) hand and let us guide you through your next black tie event, from the jolly RSVP to the bleary-eyed ride home.
Black tie events are not always black & white; but you better show up to be seen. - Tim
What is a black tie event
In addition to denoting one of the few remaining formal dress codes, what it really implies is importance: awards ceremonies, a milestone birthday party, a grandiose wedding, a prestigious ball. Some of these events will be reflected on as among the greatest memories of your life. Which means there’s no cutting corners.