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White Tie vs. Black Tie

Have you recently been invited to a white tie event, but aren’t sure what that style of dress entails? Don’t make the mistake of simply swapping out the black tie of your tux in favor of a white one. There are many differences between white tie vs. black tie dress codes, and knowing what is involved with each can help you to dress to impress at your next event. What is a Black Tie Dress Code? Black tie is a style of dress consisting of semi-formal wear. The dress code derived in British and American culture in the 19th century,...

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Formal Wear for Special Events

[caption id="attachment_1279" align="alignleft" width="184" caption="Attending a white tie affair? You can never go wrong with a sharp looking tailcoat."][/caption] Most men know what a black tie or white tie dress code generally means. However, when it comes down to rules and specifics - such as the type of weaving required for your clothing - you probably have no idea what you should actually be doing. One must realize that an invitation to an affair that specifies itself to be a black tie event simply means that you should wear a tuxedo. There is a certain allowance of flexibility in black tie events -...

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Boardwalk Empire and White Tie Formal Wear

[caption id="attachment_51" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Steve Buscemi in White Tie Tailcoat"][/caption]Boardwalk Empire and White Tie Nucky Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi, is the brains and the power in Martin Scorsese’s new HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Buscemi is not noted for his looks. Remember in the movie Fargo when everyone described him as the “funny looking guy?” But if clothes make the man, then his costumes, especially the men’s formal wear that he dons, endow him with power. Buscemi in Prohibition Era white tie looks about as dapper and in control as a man can be. This is especially true when his...

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