We and many other attend Black Tie events, such as Balls, because we relish the opportunity to wear formal attire and to enjoy the expected fine dining.
Hosts and organizers do not specify a Black Tie dress code just because they want to; they stipulate it because they have put in a tremendous amount of effort into making an exceptional evening and rely on those invited to play their part in making it so. The traditional dress code that is Black Tie brilliantly encourages and imparts an ethos of sartorial elegance; some functions maintain a strict Black tie dress code, whereas others are a little more relaxed.
We are lucky enough to attend the Warrant Officers & Sergeants Mess at one of our local Royal Air Force bases which embraces a strict dress code. Military personnel must wear their No 5 Mess Dress uniform, whilst all non-military personnel must abide by the laid down dress code; which is black DJ suit, black cummerbund and white standard collar shirt with a black bow tie. At these functions it’s quite simple; if you are not willing to wear proper Black Tie attire then do not attend, as embarrassingly you will be refused entry.
We also attend charity events, balls & casino nights around the county where these have more relaxed rules. It will still be black DJ suit, white or black shirt with black bow tie. But at these events you can sometimes bend the dress code a little by giving your outfit the more personal touch; such as a feature bow tie and cummerbund or even a waist coat with or without design. Nothing adds more class to a waist coat than a quality pocket watch and chain.
If like us you regularly attend Black Tie functions then you will know that upon arrival all the male attendees will be dressed the same in traditional but very smart uniformity. As the evening moves on & the formality relaxes you may remove your jacket. At military functions jackets must not be removed until given permission by the Officer in charge or when he/she removes their own jacket
The Black Tie dress code states Black suit or Tuxedo, white shirt, bow tie. This is while the jacket is worn. There is an unseen area on all men, while jackets are worn. But as the evening relaxes and jackets are removed “only then” even at the most formal of black tie events can you bring some of your own style into play on this now revealed area.
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There are other fancy back shirts on the market but the vast majority are machine manufactured, on large runs and with a limited number of fabric designs. SB&S. offers you a bespoke cotton Fancy Back shirt with the pattern that you choose from anywhere on the internet, eBay is a good starting point. To date most all the shirts we have made are one off originals. Each shirt comes with its own authenticity certificate stating how many shirts have been made with that fabric design and no shirt will be made with the same fabric design as yours with in a 50 mile radius of you. So you should have no worries about going to a formal event only to find that someone else has the same SB&S Bespoke Fancy Back shirt as you.
So the question remains do you have the confidence to add your own style to Black tie attire without losing sartorial elegance.
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