(Will @ 28 Sep. 2004, 09:31) John, One wears either braces/suspenders or self-supporting trousers. The other choice is either waistcoat, sash, or cummerbund with a single breasted dinner jacket. Will
I hate to disagree with Will, but I must... his first statement is correct - one wears either self supporting trousers or braces - never a belt. The other is not a choice - one either wears a cummerbund or vest with a single breasted dinner jacket or one wears a double breasted Â dinner jacket which remains buttoned at all times. No well dressed man ever shows the waistband of his trousers when wearing a dinner suit - period. There is no either/or - one's trousers must stay up and one's waist must be covered, there are no exceptions.
Actually, one should always wear one's dinner jacket buttoned, regardless of whether single or double-breasted. And this is coming from one of those preppy, Ivy League types, who has attended more black-tie events since prep, Harvard, et al. than he cares to remember.,