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The Black Tie “Quick Guide”

April 17, 2014


As promised in my recent Black Tie Guide annual traffic review, I have created a condensed version of the Guide that sums up its essential lessons for people with limited time and/or patience. The site’s recent traffic milestone of 100,000 monthly visitors sparked a sobering realization that the Guide does not just appeal to devout sartorialists. Clearly its contents are being […]

2014 Annual Review: Another Banner Year

April 3, 2014


On the anniversary of the début of The Black Tie Guide’s first edition in March 2008 we take our annual look at who’s visiting the site and blog, and why. The Guide If The Black Tie Guide’s popularity is a barometer of general interest in formal wear then the latest stats are great news: site traffic increased by […]

The Outstation

March 17, 2014


The Outstation is a 1924 short story by Somerset Maugham about a self-exiled British gentleman named Warburton in charge of a remote outpost in Borneo.  The story opens as his new assistant, a young Barbadian named Alan Cooper, arrives by boat. Despite his misgivings about losing his status as the sole white man, Warbuton greets […]

Burns Night

January 24, 2014


I received an email this week from a British formalwear retailer promoting plaid bow ties and waistcoats for Burns Night.  I had heard of Robbie Burns Day before but had no idea of the formal customs associated with it until I checked out Wikipedia: A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry […]

Masculine Mystique: The Female Perspective

January 15, 2014


I rarely ever think of women’s impressions of the tuxedo until I’m actually wearing one.  On those occasions I’m frequently caught off guard by my outfit’s appeal to the fairer sex.  My last cruise was a case in point.  Being complemented by ladies when dressed up on a formal nights was not unexpected but when […]

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2013


Black Tie Book: The Last Word

December 30, 2013


As I reported in the last update on a potential book version of the Black Tie Guide, I was taking a final kick at the can by investigating self publishing.  Specifically, I was determining what it would cost for a self-publishing company to provide all the services of a traditional publisher with an eye to […]

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2013


Here’s wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas.

Canadian Orders, Decorations & Medals

December 16, 2013


A reader from Nova Scotia has informed me that there is a new guide to the wearing of Canadian honours insignia.  Compared to the previous 2005 edition it is a very slickly designed publication with more comprehensive information on the honours system including a practical introduction to the difference between orders, decorations and medals. The […]

Black Tie Book: Update

December 2, 2013


I’ve recently received a lot of enquiries about the status of my quest for a publisher for a printed version of The Black Tie Guide.  I didn’t realize that a year and a half has already passed since I first announced this venture so an update is definitely overdue. In the spring of 2012 I sent […]


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