What is “Black Tie”?

Tux? Tie? Dress? Slacks?

 It is the time of year to discuss the “rules” of black tie.  What is appropriate to wear?  

For men: We all know the classic, tux and bowtie.  How many people own a tux?  You can now wear a black suit with a tie.  It must be a black suit– not blue, gray or brown.  It must be a suit– not trousers and a sport coat.  If the occasion calls for black tie, it must be a black suit or a tux. 

For women: Can women wear trousers?  No!!  Women must dress feminine at black tie events.  The dress should be at the knee or below.  The longer the hemline, the dressier the dress.  If the event starts before 5pm, you may wear a “shorter” dress.  Before 5pm is considered cocktail.  The dress can be any color.  Black is safe.  Be daring, color stands out at a black tie event.  

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