Originally Posted by ziggyosk
this is a great article....is there on describing night-time formal attire?? I really could use one as I am in a wedding in 2 months, we are wearing tuxes
It's all in the same speech (quoting Manton):
The jacket can be single or double breasted, with peaked or shawl lapels. Shawl is less formal, and for a wedding, I recommend peak.
The sharpest black tie outfit a man can wear is a single breasted peaked coat, a white vest (identical to the one worn with white tie), wing collar shirt (ditto) and black bow tie.
That's as close to white tie as you can get without renting tails.
But again we bump into the problem of the impracticality of the wing collar shirt (because, again, the attached collar versions sold in department stores are to be shunned).
So we're back to the turndown collar shirt, with either a pleated or a pique front"”the latter being a bit more elegant. Shoes: same as white tie. Tie: always black, no matter what. BoutonniÃ¨re: cant' go wrong with a red carnation. Groomsmen: let them wear, or rent, their own. Matching is not desirable. Let a thousand flowers bloom: SB, DB, peak, shawl, wing collar, turndown collar, pleated front, pique front, etc. Just please, only black ties and no long ties. Just because they wear them to the Oscars doesn't mean you should. If Tom Cruise jumped off a bridge, would you?