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02:15 White Tie
03:14 Black Tie
4:21 Evening Wear / Formal Evening Wear
5:18 Warm Weather Black Tie
5:35 Black Tie Optional - Black Tie Invited
6:04 Creative Black Tie
6:40 Daywear -Morning Coat - Morning Dress - Morning Suit
7:15 Stroller Suit - Stresemann
7:42 Semi-Formal - Half Dress
7:53 Festive Attire - Holiday Attire
8:23 Business Attire - Business Formal
8:52 Tenue de Ville
9:00 Business Casual
10:05 Dressy Casual
10:26 Smart Casual - Smart Chic
11:04 Cocktail Attire
11:56 Casual - Mainstream Casual
12:34 Casual Chic
12:53 Golf Attire
13:03 Resort Attire
13:42 Beach Formal
14:11 Lounge Suit
14:48 Preppy Chic
15:01 Preppy Style Guide
15:06 Executive Casual
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Let's decipher some common dress codes.
1. White tie
White tie means a white bow tie. It's usually made of Marcella cotton and the coat you wear with it is a tail coat, meaning it goes all the way down to the back of your knees. It makes you look supremely elegant and stylish.
2. Black tie
Traditionally, gentlemen in England would always wear white tie for dinner but they had very stiff shirt fronts and some found that to be uncomfortable. Eventually, a younger generation wanted something that was softer and that's how the tuxedo or black tie evolved.
3. Evening wear or formal evening wear
Either white tie or black tie. In all fairness, most people today will only expect black tie from you because especially in the US, white tie is hardly ever worn.
4. Black tie optional or black tie invited.Instead, you can just wear a dark suit in either gray, charcoal, or navy. You can wear it with a tie or a bow tie and ideally, a white dress shirt.
5. Creative black tie. It's supposed to be a little more whimsical and relaxed. You could either do that by changing up your bow tie. You can get a jacket that's velvet or has that certain distinct pattern.
6. Day wear or formal day wear, that means a traditional morning coat which is usually worn with cashmere striped trousers, a dove grey vest or waistcoat,.
7. Semi-formal. Smply means dark suit, white shirt, tie, black shoes and dark socks.
8. Festive attire or holiday attire.Can mean anything from an ugly Christmas sweater to a dressed up velvet jacket with a tartan waistcoat.
9. Dress code business attire or business formal. Can either be a dark suit either single breasted or double breasted, sometimes even with a vest which makes it more formal, dark or black shoes, a conservative tie, either a small print, nothing loud, nothing too colorful, and a white or light blue shirt.
10. Business casual. On a very basic level, it means, no suit but also no jeans.
11. Dressy casual. It's very similar to business casual.
12.Smart casual or smart chic usually implies a nice pair of jeans or chinos or khakis paired with a dress shirt.
13. Cocktail attire. More vibrant and more unusual so rather than having navy blazer, you can maybe go with herringbone jacket, could be a combination, could be a more funky suit, could be a louder tie, a pocket square, some bolder accessories.
14. Casual and mainstream casual. That means you can wear jeans, any kinds of slacks, maybe even shorts paired with sneakers, boat shoes, or loafers.
15. Casual chic is basically an in between business casual and casual.
16. Golf attire
17. Resort attire.
18. Beach formal is often very popular for beach weddings.
19. Lounge suit. Simply wear a regular two piece or three piece suit.
20. Preppy chic.Usually, it's naval inspired with bold colors and patterns.
21. Executive casual dress code.
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Do you have some advice for men who hate wearing a tie? Some men I know feel uncomfortable wearing a shirt and tie. Is it okay to wear a turtle neck sweater under a jacket? Are there specific styles of shirts and neck wear that would help say, a fellow with a large Adam's apple? Are string ties ever okay? Cravat? Italian style men's scarf? Help!
For semi formal , I'm going to a wedding (semi formal wedding) and my wardrobe nono is most of it is consisting of blackish items ..and neck ties...there is a trick to where you can make it into a bowtie ...would this be alright to do?
That and does it have to be a dark tie?
Sven, strictly speaking in most parts of the world black-tie is 'semi-formal' (not formal). A lounge or business suit is NOT semi-formal outside of the USA.
Also you missed out 'White Tie & Decorations'.
Overall a great series of videos!
Is it necessary to wear pocket square with tuxedo? I have been told to only wear with sports coat or suit. I have actually been told two different answers- that it is correct and that it isn't correct from trusted sources.
Also, more specifically, can you tell me if it became accepted and evolved, or that it has always been.
Thanks in advance and love your videos.
Great Scott! Who can afford such clothing? (Probably have to rent it a month in advance.) And what about those really silly frilly shirts and loud jackets with very wide lapels worn to the Junior Prom? That defies classification!
Excuse me, I am buying a tailcoat tuxedo from (botong), but I can't really tell my size, I am usually large on everything but the sleeves look really long for large there 35inches I'm 15yearsold, 5,9 and 136lbs do you think i should go with a medium which is 33inches or maybe even a small, I'm lost and the people from the company haven't replied if u can maybe tell what size id probably be any help/advice is helpful, thankyou.
I am a high school student, and I wear more formal clothing like sport coats, suits, and vintage ties. I try to dress in the fashion of the 1930s and 1940s, but it is very difficult to find any vintage style suits today. Could you make a video concerning vintage 1930s clothing?
Hello! thank you so much for not following fashion trends. I have recently seen people sitting on their evening tailcoats. I have seen many other methods. when sitting should one split he tails, place over the back, or sweep to one side of the chair? I'm quite certain sitting on the evening tails is incorrect. Thank you
what I am referring to is what is the historically accurate thing to do with your tails for evening wear (not morning dress). I am sure it is incorrect to sit on them.. I think one should either sweep them to one side, or place them behind you if there is no gap between the back rest and seat cushion. Is it correct to split them? the caption on the left side of this website is not fully clear in the illustration could you do a video showing proper method? http://www.blacktieguide.com/White_Tie/White_Tie_Tailcoat.htm
Hello I wanted to point out that in the UK I usually wear a Grey Morning dress to all weddings (daytime) and some horse races and a black one to funerals with matching toppers. so id say it is still quite common here. In the UK at least, people who wear fashion forward suits are usually lower class. while a Saville row tailor, at least mine, would refuse to make a suit like that (Eg. Kayene West wore trainers to a white tie with his Full evening! cringe worthy but the Duke of Edinburgh would never do that). Also for more formal black tie I wear a heavily starched Marcella Shirt with wingtip collar. and I wear less formal black tie with pleated front shirt with fold down collar and cummerbund. we also have an adaptation of the full evening that leans towards a late Georgian style Jacket with light embellishments worn with slightly fitted trousers not breeches- such style is sometimes adopted as uniforms for special occasions for private clubs Very rare indeed but interesting to know. Any event that has been happening for centuries eg. the state opening of parliament, order of the Garter ceremony, (on youtube) or aristocratic celebrations require period appropriate dress which only three or so Saville row tailors can still make.
Raphael, are black/onyx studs for a tuxedo shirt classical, or are they a modern phenomenon (or maybe connected to sorrow)? I've looked at some pictures of Gary Cooper and Cary Grant, but it is hard to tell what colour theirs actually are!
excellent video Sven, possibly one of your best. I'd say you succeeded in accurately describing all of these dress codes without alienating the common man. I'm also glad you mentioned jeans in some areas. though personally I don't wear them often, we see how times have changed and they have become more acceptable in various settings. This was just great
Did you have that navy suit you're wearing made specifically for you and added the second opening for a boutonniere (so on both sides) or was this part of the general design if you've bought it off the rack and let in tailor for your body (or am I too drunk right now to differentiate? ;D )?
By the way, your double breasted suit looks awesome!
Cheers, from Bavaria
Very nice video!
I personally find black-tie to be the single most attractive outifit a man can wear. Sure, in white-tie or in a suit (or even 'below' that) you can look stunning, but black-tie just has this simplicity to it and combined with the outstanding elegance which compliments a body the best (in my opinion, of course).
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