Black Tie – Men’s Custom Bespoke Tuxedos and Dinner Jackets
Nothing says elegant like a well fitted men’s tuxedo.
A garment reserved for formal evening occasions, it is known throughout the world by a variety of names – Smoking, Dinner Jacket, Tuxedo depending on where you reside.
A classic men’s tuxedo is what’s expected when the invitation reads Black Tie.
Harking back to a time when gentleman prepared for dinner by changing out of their foul riding clothes, the tuxedo is a simple outfit to wear as that the rules for doing so have changed little in the last century.
Below are pictures of some of our finished men’s bespoke tuxedos:
A tuxedo dress shirt is always white – although the fabric can be a plain weave broadcloth but cotton pique always looks more refined.
The shirt’s style is somewhat flexible, and in North America a turn down collar is just as acceptable as a wing collar.
The below shirt is made with an Italian cotton pique fabric, wing collar, mother of pearl buttons, and french cuffs
Here is a full view of the tuxedo or black tie dress shirt; notice the covered placket that hides the mother of pearl buttons.
Another option could have been double button holes to allow studs to hold the shirt together.
A classic bespoke black tie jacket is black (although midnight navy is equally acceptable;
White jackets are perfect for summer parties and other open air events), can be either single or double breasted, has either peak or shawl silk faced lapels, and is free from casual eccentricities such as a ticket pocket.
A close-up of the tuxedo jacket’s cuff – notice the fabric cover buttons.
Notice that this jacket has no silk facing on the lapels – a subtle option this client chose to stand out while still remaining classic.
This side photograph of the tuxedo jacket displays the majesty of the peak lapel;
Notch lapels are often seen on formal wear, but should be avoided by any man who understands the rightful place of the peak lapel.
Also, this client has a trim profile and we built a set of darts into the coat to give a tapered fit.
Black tie trousers should always match the jacket, with a silk braid running down the side.
For those who do not want suspenders, an adjustable waistband is a great option.
Belt loops on tuxedo trousers are a sure sign of suit pants mascarading as something they are not.
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