Browsing All Posts filed under »Etiquette«

Afternoon Weddings, Evening Receptions

April 3, 2012


I get a lot of queries from North American brides and grooms about what dress is appropriate for formal weddings that straddle the dividing line between day and evening.  I answer this question in the Guide’s Formal Evening Weddings  page but it’s worth repeating here. To recap the standard etiquette, if the ceremony and reception […]

Review: Details Formal Guides

December 10, 2011


As conservative as I may be, I’m the first to admit that if it wasn’t for change black tie would have never developed such natty variations as the white dinner jacket and the formal turndown collar shirt.  However these changes were introduced by impeccable dressers and their experienced tailors who understood the rules well enough […]

Review: Sharp Magazine’s Book for Men Fall/Winter 2011

November 20, 2011

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On the heels of Esquire‘s online guide to black tie comes more encouraging news for tuxedo tradition. Sharp magazine’s The Book for Men is the Canadian equivalent of Esquire‘s Big Black Book and the Fall/Winter 2011 edition contains some relatively sound advice on evening wear.  Their “Definitive Rules of Black Tie” pictorial shows a “classic” […]

Remembrance Poppies

November 11, 2011

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Today is the perfect day to remind my fellow Canadians and Commonwealth cousins that the poppy is as appropriate on a tuxedo as it is on any other type of jacket.  Since World War I, wearing an artificial poppy to commemorate the sacrifice of veterans and civilians in past wars has been a popular tradition […]

Review: Esquire‘s Guide to Black Tie

November 9, 2011


After spending so many years learning how to properly execute Black Tie and discovering its unsurpassed ability to enhance both a man and an evening, it’s discouraging to witness the constant barrage of poor role models in popular culture.  Whether it’s a clueless celebrity opting for an undone shirt with his tuxedo or a new […]


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