Originally Posted by nyarkies
Do any of you think that the state of black tie will continue to evolve? Meaning, that what most of us here consider the proper black tie may or will eventually change in years to come. There are many ways to assemble a proper black tie attire but we know it didn't begin with all those options at its conception (cummerbund or vest, black or midnight navy, etc.) The attire is a derivative of the white tie for semi formal events and now, in most cases, has replaced white tie as the equivalent of formal.
Will we eventually see the lack of waist coverings, two button jacket configuration, etc. taking over to what we currently consider as proper black tie?
It will, doubtless, continue to evolve in some way. It's hard to say what will happen. We saw the four in hand tie become nearly standard for several years, but it is now fading away in favour of the classic bow tie.
I really wonder what will happen with waist coverings. I think a lot depends on what people now in their 20's think of formality when they get to be 35, and 45. I believe a resurgence is going to come, rejecting the "newer is better" motto that is, right now, dwindling in popularity.