White tie DO’s and DON’Ts part 2

White tie DO’s and DON’Ts

White tie DO’s and DON’Ts part 2

White tie DON’Ts, number 3: Do not wear a necktie

A necktie is only appropriate for a business suit but never for either black tie or white tie ensembles. You will sometimes see it in Hollywood but they just do not know what they are doing, and you should never ever add a regular necktie to a tailcoat or white tie ensemble.

White tie DON’Ts, number 4: Do not wear a regular suit

If the invitation states full fig, white tie, or formal attire, and a white tie is required, you need a tailcoat. Do not just go with a black suit and a regular jacket or a morning coat because both would be wrong. The tailcoat for the evening is the only acceptable option.

White tie DON’Ts, number 5: Do not wear a white or off-white dinner jacket or a regular tuxedo

A dinner jacket is appropriate for black tie events with a bow tie where a white bow tie with a dinner jacket is simply wrong. Simply either invest in a full ensemble which can be difficult maybe even rent it. If the invitation states white tie and you are at the opera ball in Vienna, you have to show up in full fig which means no smoking jacket, no tuxedo, no dinner jacket, no black tie because it has to be white.

White tie DON’Ts, number 6: Do not wear spats with evening wear

Sometimes, vintage lovers love to wear spats because they are different. It helps to change the look of their shoes, but traditionally, it was something that was reserved for morning wear. As such, it is perfectly fine with a morning coat but not with an evening tailcoat.

White tie DON’Ts, number 7: Do not wear black shirts

The only acceptable shirt for a white tie ensemble is either a Marcella pique front that is stiff or a boil front that is likewise stiff.

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