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The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

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@Andy57 when are you getting a silk faced overcoat to pair with these DJs?
Well, where I live I have virtually no need to wear an overcoat when I am in black tie. And when I do need an overcoat, I have several perfectly acceptable ones from which to chose. So, I'll leave the specialized overcoat to you, my friend!
 

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Well, where I live I have virtually no need to wear an overcoat when I am in black tie. And when I do need an overcoat, I have several perfectly acceptable ones from which to chose. So, I'll leave the specialized overcoat to you, my friend!
Haha I have the same problem here with 35 40 degree summers coming up. I would like a silk cape which i think you have but i barely get use of my overcoats during winter due to the lack of a cloakroom in most establishments. Dont really want to leave my overcoat lying around on some chair whilst busting some moves!
 

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Haha I have the same problem here with 35 40 degree summers coming up. I would like a silk cape which i think you have but i barely get use of my overcoats during winter due to the lack of a cloakroom in most establishments. Dont really want to leave my overcoat lying around on some chair whilst busting some moves!
I have a cloak, but it is not silk. It's actually a very heavy wool. Heavy as a cloth, but also there is a lot more cloth in the cloak than in a regular overcoat, which is non-intuitive.

If I have to wear an overcoat with black tie, I'll usually wear my dark navy double breasted cashmere coat. But I have worn a trench coat before now.
 

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I have a cloak, but it is not silk. It's actually a very heavy wool. Heavy as a cloth, but also there is a lot more cloth in the cloak than in a regular overcoat, which is non-intuitive.

If I have to wear an overcoat with black tie, I'll usually wear my dark navy double breasted cashmere coat. But I have worn a trench coat before now.
Although its "against the rules" I always preferred wearing trench coats with black tie rather than overcoats. More practical for the winters we have in Perth which is always raining and I think it looks more devil may care than an overcoat...which is a good attitude to have with Black tie!

Though if I had a choice, I think an overcoat with an astrakhan collar or a full length midnight bridge coat would look sicks
 

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Although its "against the rules" I always preferred wearing trench coats with black tie rather than overcoats. More practical for the winters we have in Perth which is always raining and I think it looks more devil may care than an overcoat...which is a good attitude to have with Black tie!

Though if I had a choice, I think an overcoat with an astrakhan collar or a full length midnight bridge coat would look sicks
Such a coat would certainly make a statement! Your suggestion of a full length bridge coat makes me think that my Edward Sexton greatcoat (which I think is black, but which might be a very dark blue—I haven't seen it since last winter) would fit that bill very nicely.
 

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Nice! I think if I got a colored one, it would need to be fairly light. The issue with my blue one is that it sort of cuts me in half by being too much of a contrast.
Don't forget-- you have a bespoke jacket that won't let too much of the waist show even when not buttoned.
 
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Don't forget-- you have a bespoke jacket that won't let too much of the waist show even when not buttoned.
Thanks, but I'm not sure of your point. If I'm wearing a single-breasted jacket, I have to have a waist covering. I'm not nearly enough of a celebrity to think that I don't.
 

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Yes. But a colored cummerbund won't dominate the view, even if it really doesn't match with anything.
 

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Excuse the bathroom setting, but it was late and this was the only place in our home with sufficiently bright lighting. 😁

The first black tie outfit is for my own wedding this coming Saturday. Going with a very formal look: One-button single-breasted peak lapel dinner jacket, pique-front shirt with a detachable wing collar, solid black self-tied bow tie, white marcella waistcoat, and patent leather opera pumps. The sleeves on the jacket are not quite as short as they appear in these photos! 😉

The second fit is for my future brother-in-law’s wedding on New Year’s Eve: Shawl collar dinner jacket, pleated shirt with a point collar, self-tied black bow tie with white pinstripes, black cummerbund (which has slipped at bit!) and patent leather opera pumps.
 

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Interesting move on the white waistcoat. You don't see that too often, but it makes a lot of sense.
 

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This is a bad photo, but it’s from NYE a few years ago and I had other things on my mind. I occasionally wear this white waistcoat look, but only with the detachable collar shirt as a throwback to the early days of black tie when men wore their white tie accessories with black tie. I believe that well into the 1960’s Emily Post referred to this as the most formal expression of black tie.
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