Put the finishing touches to your black tie attire with one of our cummerbund and bow tie sets. Not only are they great value for money, you can also guarantee the two items will match exactly, meaning that's one part of the outfit you don't have to worry about. Browse our collection of cummerbund and bow tie sets below and check out our black tie style guide if you need any extra help.
Black tie is one of the strictest dress codes a gentleman will ever have to adhere too. In addition to the specific guidelines surrounding lapels, collars and cuffs, it is expected that your chosen cummerbund and bow tie should match, exactly. If you are a suit wearing regular, you are likely to be familiar with a bow tie, historically developed to be worn around the neck in order to hold together the openings of your shirt, but you may be wondering about the purpose of a cummerbund.
Firstly, you may or not know this, details within black tie attire were traditionally designed to cover up the fixtures and fittings of the outfit. Similar to how the front of the dress shirt hides the buttons, the cummerbund hides where the shirt is tucked into the trousers, covering any unwanted bunching. Rather conveniently, the cummerbund also has aesthetic advantages by slimming the waist and creating the illusion of a lengthened silhouette, especially helpful after sitting down to dinner. Lastly, the up facing velvet ripples are used as storage for any tickets required for the evening, as in formal circles it is considered unsightly for a man to delve into his pockets whilst in black tie attire.
To conclude, the cummerbund is an absolute essential for any black tie outfit, in partnership with a matching bow tie. Our and bow ties are all of the highest quality, so you can be sure to meet everyone's expectations at your next event. Other than choosing your favourite colour, the only decision you will have to make when it comes to these accessories is whether to brave a traditional self-tie bow tie or opt for one of our handy pre-tied versions.