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Representing the ultimate formalwear for men, White Tie is worn in the evening for royal ceremonies, state banquets, the opera, the ballet and balls. It may also be the specified dress code for formal evening weddings. Dressing appropriately needn’t be a headache, as here at Dobell we offer an extensive range of all elements of White Tie attire, at prices that will delight.
White tie is also known as ‘full evening dress’, ‘full dress’, ‘evening dress’ or, simply ‘tails’. For men, traditional White Tie requires a black single-breasted tail coat, worn unbuttoned, and black dress trousers with two lines of braid down each outside leg. A real distinction in the outfit is that the coat is shorter in front than a morning coat.
You’ll also need a white Marcella cotton shirt, which is worn with a starched wing collar and double cuffs. Remember that the shirt will have cufflinks and studs rather than buttons, and we are pleased to offer a lovely selection of these.
Next, a white Marcella bow-tie, and a white Marcella evening waistcoat, both of which will ideally match the shirt exactly. The waistcoat can be double or single-breasted – which is low cut at the front and fastened with three mother of pearl buttons. Don’t forget your highly polished or black patent lace-up shoes, worn with black silk socks.
Finally, your top hat sir! This is optional but undoubtedly a top hat will add real pizzazz to your White Tie ensemble. There are many other accessories to consider, such as white gloves, dress scarves, and dress canes.
Being fully dressed for White Tie will make you feel incredibly smart and special, and we think it’s well worth investing in the complete look for what may be a very memorable, once in a lifetime occasion.