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Did you know that the cummerbund was first adopted by British military officers in colonial India in the 1880s, as an alternative to wearing a waistcoat? Since then this unusual piece of men’s clothing gradually became more widely adopted in civilian menswear.
Fast forward to today, and the cummerbund is still a key component of the black tie formal eveningwear outfit. Worn with a dinner jacket, dress shirt and bow tie, the cummerbund is effectively a waist cover – or waist sash – and is usually pleated and made of high quality satin or 100% silk.
It’s important to choose an appropriate colour cummerbund for the event you’re attending. Play it safe with simple, solid colours are the most elegant and safest bet, and for weddings in particular, you can choose a colour that co-ordinates beautifully with your tie or handkerchief. ... Read More