Browsing All posts tagged under »warm-weather black tie«

Black Tie on the Nieuw Amsterdam

March 25, 2013


I recently returned from a Caribbean cruise that was not only a wonderful vacation but also a thought-provoking reminder of how far I’ve come in my black tie journey. As I explain in the introduction to The Black Tie Guide, the site originated with preparations for my first cruise in 2004.   I wanted to be […]

Mad Men Formal, German Style (Part II)

June 9, 2012


In the second of three posts on Jet Age German formal styling, we look at some supersonic takes on warm-weather black tie. SUMMER DINNER JACKET VARIATIONS The elegant appearance of this summery evening dress gives this formal attire many fans, especially since its details are not as demanding and uncomfortable as they once used to […]

Vintage Warm-Weather Black Tie

May 18, 2012


After writing all week I have finally finished a new page dedicated to Vintage Warm-Weather Black Tie just in time for the start of the summer season in Canada and the US. Some of the more interesting tidbits I (re)discovered during the process: full-dress summer events had disappeared from the US by the 1920s and […]

My White Dinner Jacket: Take II

May 6, 2012


Well it took quite a while but I finally got my Jos. A. Bank white dinner jacket back from the tailors.  As I mentioned in  a previous post, it fitted so poorly that it had to be completely taken apart and reconstructed.  The shoulders are now more natural, the waist is tapered, the sleeves have […]

Havana Nights

March 3, 2012


I came across this 1958 ad photographed at Hotel Nacional in Havana shortly before vacationing in that city last week.  I subsequently made a point of visiting the hotel that was once the haunt of American mobsters and movie stars to see how it had held up in the years after the Castro revolution (which […]


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