White tieBy Dinner suit team
It’s certainly not every day that a man will have to wear ‘white tie’ as it is the most formal evening dress code one can wear. White tie tends to be worn at very formal events such as opera’s, state banquets or balls. As well as being worn at white-tie functions, tailcoats are popular for wear by musicians, and for stage productions.
A white tie outfit should be made up of the following ensemble:
- Black tailcoat with silk facings (opposite).
- Black trousers with two stripes of satin, braces are acceptable.
- White plain stiff-fronted cotton shirt with stiff-winged collar.
- White bow tie.
- White low-cut waistcoat.
- Black socks and smart black shoes.
- A top hat, cane and silk scarf are all permitted accessories.
The tailcoat featured is tailored to a very high standard and manufactured from the finest 11 ounce Barathea Wool. It has six buttons at the front – 3 on each side and the lapels are faced with ribbed silk. The jacket was featured in the Spectator. The jacket above as well as these waistcoat and trousers below are all perfect for white tie and available from superstar evening wear retailer – Clermont Direct. These guys have everything you could possibly want for a white tie evening.
This backless waistcoat is manufactured in England form a 100% White Marcella Cotton. The waistcoat has an adjusting strap and around the neck and the rear to alter the size and include 3 mother of pearl detachable stud buttons at the front. It’s the perfect waistcoat for a white tie outfit.
These single pleated black dress trousers are manufactured from the finest 11 ounce Barathea Wool, perfect for any white tie event. They come with side adjusters to alter the waistband, braces buttons on the inside of the waistband and the traditional double stitch piping down the outside of each leg.
As evening dress white tie etiquette states that it should only be worn after dark (or after 17:00) and the jacket should always be left open. Before this time men are meant to wear ‘morning dress’. For those looking for semi-formal counterparts of white tie they are black tie in the evening and semi-formal morning dress during the day.
Hiring white tie
If you think purchasing a white tie is a bit over the top then check out both Austin Reed’s Q hire service or Clermont Direct’s rental service (you can see an example of the package below). Austin Reed use a online outfit builder which enables you to mix and match waistcoat, jacket, tails and accessories.
This white tie tailcoat is made from a lightweight black cloth and has a classic 6 button traditional cut with satin faced peak style lapels and satin covered buttons on the front and sleeves. The trousers are single pleated with side adjusters to bring the waist in by 1″ and matching satin strip down the outside of each leg. The waistcoat is 100% cotton white marcella with fully adjustable neck and back straps and 3 Mother of Pearl front buttons.There are a large variety of sizes for each item - Hire this white tie package for just £65.