Becoming Black Tie ready isn’t as easy as just throwing on any suit and putting on your work tie.
According to The Black Tie Guide – Black Tie is a dress code that for men consists of the traditional tuxedo and accompaniments: a black dinner jacket and matching trousers, an optional black formal waistcoat or black cummerbund, a white formal shirt, a black bow tie or alternatively a black long tie, black dress socks and black formal shoes.
Here are our Top 10 Black Tie Essentials that will make you a cut above the rest.
1. TUXEDO / DINNER SUIT
Your tuxedo can be either black or midnight blue in colour. Single breasted is most common with shawl, notched and peak lapels all accepted. Pockets should not have flaps and belts are not accepted by traditionalists.
Stick with a classic black bow-tie, or if you feeling a little more adventurous try a try-your-own.
Pictured ZBT004 – a black silk patterned black bow-tie available in all Ferrari Formalwear stores or shop online at Zenetti.com.au
Shirts are traditionally white in fabric and have a turndown collar with a pleated front. Shirt studs and french cuffs add a touch of class.
Pictured ZSH030a vailable in all Ferrari Formalwear stores or shop online at Zenetti.com.au
4. BLACK LEATHER SHOES
Shoes must be black and can be patent or high polished leather.
Pictured Julius Marlow Ballistics available in all Ferrari Formalwear stores.
5. VEST / WAISTCOAT
Vests do not have to be worn for your outfit to be classified as black tie. Nevertheless they are a great addition at any black tie event and can be worn with both a bow-tie and a long-tie.
Pictured ZV002 available in all Ferrari Formalwear stores or shop online at Zenetti.com.au
It is often said that it’s the small details that make the difference, and a nice pair of silver or gold cufflinks will do the job.
Pictured Zenetti ZCL35 available in all Ferrari Formalwear stores or shop online at Zenetti.com.au
They must be black and they must cover your ankles.
Pictured Zenetti available in all Ferrari Formalwear stores or shop online at Zenetti.com.au
8. SPECTACLES / GLASSES
Whether you need them or not a pair of spectacles will increase your style ten-fold.
What is important is that your accessories do the talking, they can finish off the look sublimely and a good watch will do the trick.
Pictured – Michael Kors Gage Stainless Steel Mens Watch – MK8413 available online at ICE
9. SHAVING KIT
You can’t go to a black tie event wearing a great suit and not looking your best.
Pictured -Muhle Safety Razor Silvertip Sophist 4 pce set available online at Shave Hut.
Because nothing says ‘I’ve got this’ than a guy in a tux with a glass of scotch.