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What does “Black Tie” mean? Our styling guide for every occasion

What does “Black Tie” mean? Our styling guide for every occasion

Owner Jeffrey Ives standing in the Jonathan Reid store

Here’s an etiquette lesson, courtesy of Jonathan Reid.

Black Tie

Formal attire is normally required. A tuxedo with a black bow tie, vest or cummerbund is not required. You could be original and show your personality with a different color or style tie, vest or cummerbund.

Semi-Formal

Tuxedos are not required. Any style tuxedo or dark suit could be worn. A tuxedo dinner jacket might look nice, usually white or cream with black pants.

White Tie

Formal evening dress such as a tuxedo. This is more upscale than a black tie affair. Black full dress and white tie & vest. Very Formal.

Black Tie Requested

Host would prefer a tuxedo be worn. It is customary to wear a dark colored tuxedo to these events.

Black Tie Invited

Tuxedo would be normally worn to such an occasion, although not required. However, it is better to be over dressed than under dressed.

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