Browsing All Posts filed under »White Tie«

Advanced Cravatology

March 25, 2014


Despite being such a simple accessory – or perhaps because of it – the bow tie is offered in a dizzying array of options.  I describe the various shapes, models, and materials on the Black Tie Guide’s Classic Neckwear page but there are a few more interesting insights I’ve gleaned since then. Fabric Having recently purchased […]

White Tie Honours: Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony 2013

December 11, 2013


The Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony is arguably the most high profile white-tie affair in the world and takes place annually on December 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.  At yesterday’s ceremony I was very proud to see Jenny Munro accept the award for literature on behalf of her mother, Canadian author Alice Munro. The […]

A Tailcoat’s Tail

November 21, 2013


I was walking home from work last week, daydreaming of a white tie photo shoot for my site when I happened upon the real thing: a young man nonchalantly smoking outside of a downtown hotel attired in full dress.  Of course, I had to ask what the occasion was.  The friendly fellow, Brandon Smith, informed […]

Wartime White Tie

November 11, 2013


In honour of Remembrance Day today we take a look back at World War II and the modest sacrifices made by men on the home front to support the men on the battlefield making the greatest sacrifice of all. I had previously been aware of fabric rationing in the United States during World War II […]

Full-Dress Fright

October 31, 2013


Next to Fred Astaire, Bela Lugosi’s Count Dracula is arguably history’s most recognizable embodiment of White Tie. The legendary vampire’s association with formal evening wear arose not from the original 1897 novel but from a 1920s London stage adaptation by Hamilton Dean.  The evolution is described in Bram Stoker’s Dracula: A Reader’s Guide: Another major […]

Correct Details of Evening Clothes

July 4, 2013


Here’s an interesting look back at the “correct details” of evening clothes circa 1940 courtesy of Esquire magazine.    While some of the advice is specific to that particular period  the vast majority of it remains pertinent to this day. (Click on the images for larger versions.)

Reader Role Models: Posh in Pennsylvania

June 13, 2013


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 […]

The Buffalo Club

April 3, 2013


Reader Bill Cleary from Buffalo, New York (seen on the right) is living the formal dream, as are his fellow members of The Buffalo Club.  The club is steeped in tradition having been incorporated in 1867 by a group of men that included former U.S. president Millard Fillmore.  A book published for the organization’s 125th […]

White Tie at the Holy See

March 22, 2013


It’s rare enough for White Tie to be worn to any diplomatic occasion these days but rarer still to see it worn as per Vatican protocol: in broad daylight and with a black waistcoat.  The replacement of the usual white waistcoat may well be related to the proscription of white dresses at papal audiences for any woman other […]

Up Close: The Hidden Tailcoat Pocket

February 4, 2013


Like other rarefied details of bygone formal tailoring such as shirt-front trouser tabs and authentic trouser braiding, I have long wished to see an actual example of pockets hidden inside a tailcoat’s tails.  From The Black Tie Guide: “In company, as little as possible should be borne in pockets of the coat ; indeed, a full-dress coat […]


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