There’s def­i­nitely more than one way to do for­mal right now.

The Peak (Singapore) - - The Look Of Style 2018 -

Blur­ring dress codes has led to greater flex­i­bil­ity in do­ing black tie. But be­cause rules should be bro­ken only af­ter they have been mas­tered, here is a re­fresher on the essen­tials of this tra­di­tional dress code.


A key feature that sets a tuxedo jacket apart from its work­horse brethren is the dressy ma­te­rial of its lapels – usu­ally satin or silk. Lapels can be – in as­cend­ing or­der of for­mal­ity – notched, peaked or shawl style.


To some tra­di­tion­al­ists, what we are go­ing to say might sound sac­ri­le­gious, but here it is: While it’s great if you have mas­tered putting on a tra­di­tional bow tie, there is noth­ing wrong with wear­ing a pre-tied one. One has bet­ter things to do than try­ing to wres­tle a strip of ir­reg­u­larly shaped silk into sub­mis­sion.


From seams to but­tons, the work­ing el­e­ments of a black-tie en­sem­ble are of­ten con­cealed for max­i­mum sleek­ness. Smooth any lumps and bumps – whether they are a re­sult of fab­ric or your flesh – with a cummerbund, worn at the waist and with the pleats fac­ing up­wards.


Sleek and shiny to match the other dressy ac­cents on a for­mal suit, laceup shoes in black patent leather is the tra­di­tion­al­ists’ choice. That, or lace-up shoes in a highly pol­ished smooth leather – or even, for those with con­ti­nen­tal swag­ger, vel­vet smok­ing slip­pers.

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