Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, 2014

February 4, 2014



Annie Leibovitz has taken some creative liberty for the cover of the 20th annual Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, combining white-tie accessories with black-tie jackets to recreate the look of informal Edwardian evening wear.  Or perhaps she intended to capture the Downton Abbey-esque glory of full dress only to realize at the last moment that she couldn’t locate […]

Posted in: Popular Culture

The Dowager vs. the Dinner Jacket: Round 3

February 3, 2014



Season 4 of Downton Abbey is now airing on PBS and the fictional Grantham household is continuing to adapt to the social changes brought about by World War I.  For her part, the Victorian-minded Dowager Countess is still no more accepting of informal dinner jackets than previously. In episode 4, she converses with her tuxedo-clad […]

Posted in: History, Popular Culture

How to Iron Your Tuxedo

January 30, 2014



Steaming vs Pressing I have long been a fan of using a home steamer to remove wrinkles from my suits.  It’s so much quicker and cheaper than having them professionally pressed.  Apparently though, it’s also much more damaging. I recently stumbled across a couple of posts on menswear forums by a tailor who provides a […]

Posted in: Wear and Care

Cleaned and Pressed

January 27, 2014



So you’ve invested in the perfect tuxedo and perfect formal shirt, debuted them at a wonderful black-tie evening and now it’s time to have them cleaned.  You might well assume that your usual dry cleaners are a safe bet if they do a good job with your regular suits and shirts.  Not necessarily.  Formal attire […]

Posted in: Wear and Care

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 […]

Posted in: Miscellanea

Behind the Scenes at the NAIAS Charity Preview

January 23, 2014



After attending the Charity Preview of the 2014 North American International Auto Show last week I spoke with the show’s Executive Director Rod Alberts for some insight into North America’s largest annual black-tie event.  It turns out that his views on the dress code are much the same as mine. But first, a bit of […]

2014 Detroit Auto Show Charity Preview: Insider Report

January 22, 2014



To paraphrase Dos Equis’ World’s Most Interesting Man, I don’t often attend auto shows but when I do I wear a tuxedo. My husband Brandon is an automotive engineer and a car enthusiast, bar none.  He never misses a Toronto or Detroit car show if he can help it but has come to accept that […]

Posted in: Formal Fashion

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