Browsing All posts tagged under »cummerbund«

The Suspender / Cummerbund Conundrum

May 20, 2014

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Black Tie Guide visitors occasionally ask me if it’s okay to wear suspenders with cummerbunds. My first thought is “why don’t these people bother reading the Guide before writing?”  My second thought is “why do so many people assume these two articles are mutually exclusive?” I suspect that a general unfamiliarity with the cummerbund leads many to equate it with a belt because of […]

Up Close: Waistband Tabs

October 10, 2013

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Judging by the requests I receive for more details of the tabs on formal shirts and waist coverings I didn’t do a very good job of explaining this in the Guide.  So here’s a close-up look at everything you wanted to know – or didn’t want to know – about this interesting example of formal […]

Correct Details of Evening Clothes

July 4, 2013

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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.)

Daniel Craig at Skyfall Premiere

November 7, 2012

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A number of comments have been made in recent postings about the tuxedo worn by Daniel Craig to the British premiere of Skyfall so I thought I should post a picture for everyone to see what the chatter is about. Mr. Craig is wearing a midnight (navy?) blue evening jacket in place of the usual […]

Rapper Pitbull Promotes Classic Black Tie

January 1, 2012

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Like many other North Americans I watched parts of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve special during last night’s festivities.  The highlight for me was seeing Pitbull (the rapper behind the hit “Give Me Everything”) perform not just in a tuxedo but in classic black tie.  Friends assumed I would be perturbed by his untied bow […]

DIY Formal Accessories

November 24, 2011

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I sometimes suspect that traditional dressers who discover The Black Tie Guide must feel like guests showing up at the end of a legendary party.  Upon arrival they are regaled with vivid descriptions of the evening’s festivities but when they attempt to partake for themselves they can find only leftover scraps. So it is that after becoming hooked […]

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