Originally Posted by Master Squirrel
I've been invited to a "creative white-tie event". Yes you read that right. Luckily they give some parameters:
"Men: We understand you probably don't own all the parts, but try your best to be accurate to white tie. Be creative with the accessories.. Best bet is to keep to black and white (off-white vests acceptable). Black tie and Regency tail coats will be acceptable in a pinch. Please no military uniforms. Keep steampunk items to a bare minimum."
I have a conflict that night otherwise I could report back.
That's strange, given that white tie, unlike black, is the one form of dress which really comes without any options (other than, I suppose, the shape of one's bow and whether the waistcoat uses studs or buttons).
I don't know that I'd necessarily call what they're describing "creative" white tie, as opposed to "do your best" white tie.
Assuming you'll see a lot of guys in tuxedos who have gone out and bought a white tie waistcoat and white bow (at least that's what I'd be doing if this was my only white tie invite ever).