Browsing All posts tagged under »tailcoat«

Royal Refinement

February 6, 2012


Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne, an exciting and historic moment for me as a Canadian and a monarchist.  To mark the occasion I thought I would pay tribute to the men in her family who demonstrate regularly how conventional formal wear continues to be the height […]

High Rollers: Black Tie & Baccarat

February 5, 2012


I recently rented In Time, a science-fiction thriller where lifespan is traded like currency and the working class majority are exploited by a privileged elite whose members have become virtually immortal.    The story’s downtrodden protagonist gains access to this upper echelon by joining a high-stakes poker game at a tony casino.  How do we know […]

Flashback: New Year’s Eve 1939

December 31, 2011


I’ve pretty much given up trying to find New Year’s Eve events in Toronto that are formal enough to merit black tie.  Instead I have to settle for imagining the tony affairs of years past such as the one described in this Esquire pictorial on the cusp of 1940: If you’re really intent on ringing […]

Symphony in Black and White

November 8, 2011


A number of Guide readers have asked about the correlation between symphony orchestras and formal wear and while I have not yet found an academic analysis, I do have my own opinions based on my research to date. In the 15th and 16th centuries, small orchestras entertained guests of nobility at their private homes then […]


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