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Review: Black Lapel Tuxedo

February 17, 2014


Overall Rating: Price: very good Style & Options: excellent Ordering & Customer Service: excellent Fit: very good Quality: very good (later downgraded to unsatisfactory – see Postscript below) Black Lapel is a New York-based China-made online tailor founded in 2011 by, appropriately, two Chinese-American men.  The philosophy of owners Derek Tian and Warren Liao is […]

Flashback: Braces-Attached Waistcoat

October 14, 2013


In my previous post I discussed the tab used by some waistcoats to keep them firmly attached to the trouser waistband.  Well, here’s a vintage variation that takes the concept to a whole other level: waistcoats that double as suspenders. This invention rolled two accessories into one by providing the waistcoat with front tabs and […]

Up Close: Waistband Tabs

October 10, 2013


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 […]

Reader Role Models: Proper in Poland

August 20, 2013


Matt from Wroclaw, Poland used the Guide’s direction to purchase a very classically styled black-tie kit for his wedding.  Not having much luck with quality, style and price in his native country he turned to the internet where he found this smart tuxedo from Suitsupply, a Netherlands-based company that also has brick-and-mortar outlets in various […]

Flashback: Vintage Waistcoats

March 23, 2012


I’ve just added an extensive review of the history of evening waistcoats to the Vintage section of The Black Tie Guide. As I poured over visuals spanning two centuries I was most struck by the tremendous diversity of waistcoats offered in the 1930s, the golden age of formal wear. In today’s world where distressed  jeans […]

Up Close: The White Weskit

March 20, 2012


I recently purchased a vintage Brooks Brothers full-dress waistcoat – or “weskit” as the British might say – to see how it would compare to my inexpensive modern version.  As I suspected, there is an exquisite attention to detail in the Brooks Brothers model that is notably absent from the budget version: the Brooks Brothers […]

Immaculate Whites

February 17, 2012


Back in the 19th century white shirts, waistcoats and neckcloths were a subtle mark of a man’s wealth because the only way to keep them pristine in the dirt and grime of everyday life was to change them often which entailed a significant laundry bill. Flash forward to the 21st century and it would seem […]

2012 Golden Globes Red Carpet

January 24, 2012


Awards season is upon us again and the premiere ceremony, the Golden Globes, suggests that conservative interpretations of black tie will dominate the red carpet once more this year.  (Hallelujah.) Among tuxedos, there was an overwhelming preference for the slightly modern two-button jacket.  Lapels seemed to be split between the similarly modern notch or the […]

DIY Formal Accessories

November 24, 2011


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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