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Sartorial specialists needed - what should I look for in a white-tie outfit?

extempore

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This question rarely gets asked, and a search of the archives has unfortunately proved not fruitful.

I've been invited to a 'white tie optional' event, and I intend to indulge my inner dandy, so to speak.

What should I look out for when picking out a white tie outfit?

What are considered 'proper' components of a white tie outfit (e.g. lapel type, coat tails, pocket square, button material, etc)?

Can white tie outfits become 'dated'? I'm asking, believe it or not, a nearby antique store has one that fits me perfectly.

As a bonus, could someone perhaps give a history behind the white tie dress code (Sator..?)?

Cheers all!
 

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You are a lucky man. I wish the parties I attend were White Tie.
 

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Originally Posted by extempore
Can white tie outfits become 'dated'? I'm asking, believe it or not, a nearby antique store has one that fits me perfectly.


Just go over there, try it on, take a pic, and we'll be able to comment.
There definitely is such a thing as a classic white tie ensemble, so if it's been made that way it would look very right today. In fact this sounds quite cool, I'd love to wear vintage tails.
 

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Originally Posted by extempore
What are considered 'proper' components of a white tie outfit (e.g. lapel type, coat tails, pocket square, button material, etc)?
Peak lapels, knee-length tails, silk-faced buttons (although I've seen plastic).

White (linen, cotton or silk depending on what you prefer and/or have) pocket square if the coat has a pocket for it -- some old coats don't.

Also, don't forget black patent leather pumps or shoes, and long enough, black, socks.

Top hat, white silk scarf, white gloves, walking cane and opera cloak are optional, and would be checked at the door anyway.
 

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i agree withll the above coments remmeber it must be a detachable collar i recomend the grafton collar.
 

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