White Tie Affairs
Proper Look And Etiquette
The most glamorous and romantic eveningwear of all, "white
tie and tails" is not only worn to the most glamorous
and romantic evening parties, but also to the most formal of
evening occasions such as state banquets. The white tie
tuxedo ensemble consists of a black evening tailcoat, black
trousers with a double braid down the outer seam, and
a stiff-fronted pique shirt fastened with mother of pearl or
gold studs and cufflinks. The pique bow tie and pique
vest are traditionally bought together to maintain a consistent
pique texture. Black patent leather lace-up shoes are traditional
and under no circumstances is a casual black shoe appropriate.
You may also be required to wear white gloves, top hat and/or
cane depending upon what else the invitation might request.
If the party is a New Years or Mardi gras you may be able to
spruce up your look with a black top hat, a pair of white gloves
and even a black cloak.