Let’s say that you get a letter in the mail to a ball or fundraising event, or even a swanky wedding. Imagine at the bottom of the letter are the words “Black Tie.” What does that mean, you ask? It means that not only is a tuxedo required by the host, but a specific kind of tuxedo is required: A classic tuxedo. So what makes a Classic Tuxedo a “Classic” Tuxedo? How is it different from tuxedos more commonly worn to proms and daytime weddings? Below we’ve listed out some of the most important details you’ll need to know to make sure that your tuxedo is up to snuff with even the strictest of Black Tie standards.
The above ensemble is possibly the most classic among Black Tie appropriate tuxedos, but it’s important to note that it isn’t the only Black Tie appropriate tuxedo. Some variations include wearing a shawl collar tuxedo instead of a peak lapel, or a cream shawl dinner jacket for warm weather black tie functions. Because of the many subtle ways that Black Tie can be interpreted, it’s less of a uniform and more of an art form. But if you just happen to get a Black Tie invite and you want to make sure you’re correct, go with the ensemble above and you’ll be right every time. And you’ll still look right when you look at the pictures of that night 30 years from now. That’s the beauty of timeless design.
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