A cummerbund and bow tie must match, especially when you are wearing these items as part of your tuxedo, to a black tie event. It is traditional to wear a bow tie and cummerbund that matches the material of the lapels on your tuxedo jacket, as well as the stripes on your trousers that cover the out seam.
A cummerbund’s purpose as part of your black tie dress code is three fold. Firstly, it is expected that you should wear items and details that cover up the workings and fixtures of the full tuxedo outfit. The cummerbund hides the waistline, where the shirt is tucked into the trousers, and causes at times, a bunching effect. A cummerbund is work in place of the waistcoat, and is the traditional, in fact correct, choice of garment worn over the shirt, and underneath the jacket. This idea of hiding the workings of the outfit is extended to the velvet covered jacket buttons, dress shirt buttons, trouser stripes and shirt collar.
Secondly, the cummerbund acts as a visual aid, slimming the man’s waist, and making him appear taller, especially after eating perhaps a little too much during the evening’s banquet. Lastly, the up facing velvet ripples are used as a way to store the ticket stubs for the opera. It is deemed inpolite for a man to rummage through his pockets when dressed in black tie, and the cummerbund provides a way in which the gentleman is ready prepared. Our cummerbunds are of the highest quality, and will be sure to add some glamour to your tuxedo.
The bow tie is synonymous with the tuxedo, and we’ve made it easy to achieve this charming look, first time by providing you with a pre-tied bow tie with an exact match to your cummerbund.