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The Art of Dressing for Black-Tie Events

The Art of Dressing for Black-Tie Events

Matt Vince |

Attending a black-tie event is an exciting opportunity to showcase your elegance and sophistication through your attire. Whether it's a wedding, ball, or a corporate function, you want to make a lasting impression. However, navigating the unwritten rules of black-tie dressing can be a challenge. To help you find the perfect balance between style and comfort, Andrew Gardner presents the definitive guide of tailoring for any black-tie event.

Invest in a Classic Tuxedo or Velvet Jacket

When it comes to black-tie events, a classic tuxedo is a must-have. Opt for a well-tailored, single-breasted black tuxedo with satin peak lapels or velvet jacket. It exudes timeless elegance and ensures you look sharp and sophisticated.

Dress wear - Velvet Jacket

Do you need to wear a Tuxedo or Velvet Jacket?

If you can avoid the temptation to wear a regular suit to a black-tie event. While a suit may be appropriate for other occasions, it lacks the formality required for a black-tie affair. Stick to the traditional tuxedo or velvet jacket to maintain the desired level of sophistication. Although it's not essential, in the current economic climate it may be necessary to cut your cloth accordingly. If you'll only wear a tuxedo once a year or less dressing up a well tailored black suit with a bow tie, dress shirt, cummerbund and clean and a well polished black dress shoes, not many will realise the difference.

 Canali Tuxedo at Andrew Gardner, Wendover

Choose a Crisp White Dress Shirt

A crisp white dress shirt is a staple for any black-tie ensemble. Opt for a shirt with a pleated front or a Marcella fronted dress shirt with covered buttons or stud front to add a touch of sophistication. Ensure it fits well and complements your tuxedo.

Eton Dress Shirts at Andrew Gardner,Wendover

Don't Forget the Bow

A black-tie event calls for a bow tie. It adds a touch of elegance and completes your formal look. Opt for a self-tie bow tie for a classic and sophisticated appearance. Avoid pre-tied options, as they lack the authenticity and charm of a self-tied bow tie.

Bow Ties at Andrew Gardner, Wendover

Wear Leather Dress Shoes

When it comes to footwear, a leather dress shoes or patent leather shoes are the go-to choice for black-tie events. Their glossy finish adds a luxurious touch to your overall look. Ensure they are well-polished and free from scuffs or marks.

Dress Shoes at Andrew Gardner, Wendover

Avoid Casual Footwear

Avoid wearing casual footwear, such as sneakers or loafers, to a black-tie event. Stick to formal shoes that complement your tuxedo. Oxfords or patent leather dress shoes are the ideal choices to maintain a polished and refined appearance.

Pay Attention to Accessories

Accessorizing appropriately is essential for a black-tie event. Opt for a black silk cummerbund or a waistcoat to add a touch of sophistication. A pocket square in a complementary color can also elevate your look. Remember to keep jewelry minimal and tasteful.

Don't Overdo the Accessories

While accessories can enhance your outfit, it's important not to overdo it. Avoid wearing flashy or oversized accessories that distract from the overall elegance of your ensemble. Keep it simple and refined.

Tailor Your Outfit for the Perfect Fit

A well-fitted tuxedo or suit is crucial for a black-tie event. Invest in professional tailoring to ensure your tuxedo fits you perfectly. Pay attention to the length of the sleeves, the trousers, and the jacket to achieve a polished and sophisticated look.

The perfect fit at Andrew Gardner, Wendover

Don't Settle for Ill-Fitting Attire

Ill-fitting attire can ruin even the most stylish ensemble. Avoid wearing a tuxedo that is too tight or too loose. It's worth the investment to have your tuxedo tailored to your specific measurements, ensuring you look your best.

By following these dos and don'ts of tailoring for a black-tie event, you can confidently dress to impress. Remember, elegance and sophistication are key, so choose your attire wisely and enjoy the event with style and grace.


Dressing for a black tie event can be challenging, but not impossible. By following this simple guide of tailoring, you can ensure that you look sharp, stylish and sophisticated for any black tie occasion. Remember by choosing a classic tuxedo It will last for many years, avoid colours and patterns, accessorise with style, and don’t overdo remember "less is more" in this situation. With these tips, you can impress everyone at any black tie event and the most important part... Enjoy it and have a good time.

Enjoy the party