Formal Wear 101
These days, you can get away with a midnight blue tux in place of a traditional black one, but it still pays to be fairly reserved. Daniel Craig has been to more black-tie events than we’ve had hot dinners, so it comes as little surprise that he nails it every time. For white-tie occasions, make like Mr Elba and push the envelope by adding a waistcoat and swapping a regular tuxedo jacket for one with tails. Here are a few more pointers to keep in mind.
Buy, don’t hire.
No one wins friends with a rented tux, which fits like a potato sack. Investing in a tuxedo means it’ll not only last forever, but will look a thousand times better on the night.
Get it fitted.
Head to a good tailor and follow the same general guide as you would for any suit – think shoulders, cuffs and pant legs, so it fits you like a glove.
Wear a proper bow tie.
None of those clip-on numbers, please – and learn how to tie it.
Add a tuxedo shirt.
Turndown collars are for black-tie events and wingtips are for white. Feel free to go for pleated, but steer clear of the full ’70s-style puffy shirt.
Choose cufflinks wisely.
Go for silver, black or white, rather than anything too flashy.
Wear the right shoes.
Sockless velvet slippers are popping up all over the place, but nothing beats a quality pair of black patent leather lace-ups. Give them a good shine before you head out.