STYLE: THE DRESS CODE.

YOU RE­CEIVE AN IN­VI­TA­TION TO AN EVENT… AND THERE’S A DRESS CODE! DON’T PANIC, HERE ARE THE THREE ES­SEN­TIAL LOOKS YOU NEED TO KNOW, EX­PLAINED…

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1. BLACK TIE This is the in­vi­ta­tion that re­quires you to stick to tra­di­tion and is an op­por­tu­nity to step out in sar­to­rial style.

The most con­ven­tional ver­sion is black trousers and jacket, crisp white tuxedo shirt and black bow tie. Black shoes, of course, patent leather or well-pol­ish black shoes. Think James Bond. A tie rather than a bow tie is pass­able if you have all the other com­po­nents work­ing per­fectly.

For an ac­cept­able con­tem­po­rary twist, try a mid­night blue or white jacket with black pants. You can also opt for a coloured bow tie, polka dots are cheeky and can pass. Don’t be tempted to get funky with the shirt. It must be white – no colours, no spots or stripes.

Strictly, the tuxedo is worn with a cum­mer­bund but these days a black belt (match­ing the shoes) is per­fectly okay.

If you can, in­vest in this look so you al­ways have it ready to go. Al­ter­na­tively, hire. The ad­van­tage of hir­ing is that some­one else puts it all to­gether per­fectly for you. The down­side – it may

not be a great fit.

DAVID BECK­HAM. (TOP) THE CLAS­SIC CONNERY BOND TUX.

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