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Reader Role Models: Open-and-Shut Case

October 30, 2013

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Presented for the black-tie jury’s consideration is the case of Stephen Ozcomert, an attorney from Decatur, Georgia.  To look his very best at formal affairs and when performing on stage as a part-time classical singer, Mr. Ozcomert employed The Black Tie Guide and the knowledgeable staff at Custom Clothing of Atlanta to commission a made-to-measure […]

Reader Role Models: Doubly Debonnaire

October 28, 2013

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Probably the most common type of inquiry I receive from grooms-to-be is “I know it’s not technically correct to wear a tuxedo to my afternoon wedding but . . . “  But nothing.  Reader Duncan Pike of Vancouver demonstrates precisely why  traditional etiquette prescribes different time-specific attire for a daytime wedding followed by an evening […]

Reader Role Models: Diplomatic Dash

September 18, 2013

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A couple of years ago I was contacted by a trainee Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Agency for International Development. (USAID officers work in partnership with governments around the world developing and managing foreign assistance programs for economic trade, the environment, democracy and governance, global health and humanitarian assistance among other fields.)  The trainee, […]

Reader Role Models: Proper in Poland

August 20, 2013

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Matt from Wroclaw, Poland used the Guide’s direction to purchase a very classically styled black-tie kit for his wedding.  Not having much luck with quality, style and price in his native country he turned to the internet where he found this smart tuxedo from Suitsupply, a Netherlands-based company that also has brick-and-mortar outlets in various […]

Reader Role Models: Posh in Pennsylvania

June 13, 2013

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Steve Sader is one of the very few Americans who attends white-tie occasions on a regular basis.  He likes to attend both the The Philadelphia Assembly – a highly prestigious and aristocratic ball dating all the way back to 1748 – and the Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball, this year celebrating the Academy’s […]

Reader Role Models: Natty in New York

April 10, 2013

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Joe from New York used The Black Tie Guide to assemble a black-tie outfit for his wedding and was so pleased with the results he wrote to share them with me.  I think he did such a great job that I asked if I could share them with my readers. The midnight-blue three-piece tuxedo and […]

Reader Role Models: Finnish Finesse

January 29, 2013

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Inspiration from Finnish reader Jonas Åberg . . . I do not remember exactly what inspired me to go out and buy a tuxedo in the first place. Where I live, you rarely see them and practically never have proper opportunity to wear one. I just thought that a tuxedo was the epitome of elegant […]

Reader Role Models: Flamenco Flair

January 10, 2013

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Antonio is a professional Spanish guitarist who owns five tuxedos which he describes as his “work clothes”.  He has been playing flamenco guitar on stage and television in the United States for over 40 years and is influenced by movies from the 1930s as well as iconic dressers such as Fred Astaire, Cary Grant and […]

Reader Role Models: Vancouver Verve

January 7, 2013

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It is always rewarding to hear from readers who say that The Black Tie Guide has been instrumental in assembling their proper formal outfit.  Even more satisfying is seeing pictures of the final results.  I want to start sharing some of these real-life stories as an inspiration to others.  They are irrefutable proof that a […]

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