Browsing All posts tagged under »marcella shirt«

Spotlight: The Marcella Shirt

March 19, 2014


The Marcella shirt is a uniquely British compromise between the formality of the traditional full-dress shirt and the comfort of the American black-tie shirt. The term evolves from Marseilles in reference to that city’s production of quilts with distinctive raised patterns beginning in the early 18th century.  In the latter part of the century, Lancashire […]

Profile: Paul Stuart Formal Wear

February 11, 2014


Over the years that I’ve searched for classically inclined formal wear I’ve found only a handful of American brands that seemed to rival the elegance of the British: Brooks Brothers, Ralph Lauren, Robert Talbott and Paul Stuart. As part of my wardrobe upgrades for my most recent black-tie outing I took the opportunity to investigate […]

Review: Mr Porter Black Tie Advertorial

December 23, 2013


Mr Porter is an online retailer of designer goods for men and they are currently promoting formal wear and accessories.  As part of this Christmas campaign they have created a video “advterorial” for a luxury watchmaker Tudor that centres on black tie. Titled “Then & Now: 1960 Black Tie Elegance” the video is laudable in […]

Reader Role Models: Doubly Debonnaire

October 28, 2013


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: Vancouver Verve

January 7, 2013


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 […]

50 Years of Bond Tuxedos

January 3, 2013


While writing recently about the James Bond design exhibit and the unorthodox notched lapels featured in Goldfinger I started wondering about Bond tuxedos as a whole.  Curious to see how they evolved over time I rented the entire series on DVD and have produced a timeline that highlights key developments.  For those who are interested […]

Review: British GQ’s “A Black-tie Invitation from Henry Poole”

November 1, 2012


British GQ’s latest guide to Black Tie couldn’t be more English, drawing as it does on the sage advice of Henry Poole tailors.  It is Savile Row through and through, including the preference for grosgrain lapels over satin, waistcoats over cummerbunds, marcella shirts over pleated and turndown collars over wing. At times like this I […]


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