White Tie Dress Code

White Tie Dress CodeJust like a black tie dress code, a white tie dress code is also reserved for a highly formal event. The difference is that a white tie event is more formal. Events that usually render a white tie dress code are royal gatherings and highly exclusive social and evening events and are only considered appropriate to start after six pm. So, if a black tie dress code symbolizes formality, then we can consider that a white tie event is the epitome of all formality.

There are very specific rules and nuanced details that should be followed in order to dress right for an event that requires white tie attire. The attire that is associated with a white tie dress code is a tailcoat, white vest, white shirt and white bow tie. Unlike the black tie dress code, which underwent several innovations and changes since its inception, the rules for a white tie dress code have not changed much.

The Tailcoat Jacket

Keep in mind that it is only acceptable to wear a tailcoat at a white tie event. In addition, a tailcoat should only be worn with a white tie, shirt and vest. The tailcoat consists of the color black and has silk facings. It is also acceptable to wear a very dark color that almost looks black, such as midnight blue. The name of this garment is indicative of how it looks. It has the appearance of a waistcoat in the front, and the back has a long tail. It is crucial that you have the waistcoat tailored so that it suits your proportions perfectly.

As a general rule, the sleeves and collar are tailored so that ¾ of an inch of cuff and shirt collar are visible. The front of the tailcoat ends below the waistline. The back of the tailcoat, which is shaped like a tail, extends just slightly past the knees. The peaked lapels, which should be made of satin, covers the 6 buttons that are located in the front, as well as the two buttons in the back.

The Trousers

The rule is that the trousers and the tailcoat jacket are made from the same fabric. There are usually one or two stain stripes on both outer sides, which cover the seam. The trousers have pleats in the front, and there are no cuffs on the bottom.

The trousers should be placed slightly above the bottom of the front of the coat, and the trousers have a high-rise waistline. It is essential that the trousers are custom tailored, since they have to sit at a particular part. In addition, the trousers are usually held in place with suspenders. Suspenders can be made of flat fronts, but now pleats are more popular. A belt is never to be worn with trousers at a white tie event. The legs of the trousers have to be plain. There are no cuffs because they are deemed too casual for a white tie dress code.

The Bow Tie

The only color bow tie that can be worn at a white tie dress code is white. There are no exceptions to this. It should also be made of the same fabric as the waistcoat, and preferably the shirtfront. The bow tie is made from cotton pique. You have the option to choose between two styles of bow ties: a bat-wing style bow tie or a butterfly bow tie.

It is best to have a self-tied bow tie, since a pre-tied bow tie is seen as unrefined and it would defeat the purpose of a white tie dress code, which is to impart unparalleled elegance. When tying a bow tie, remember that it has to be worn outside the wings of the collar. They should never be placed beneath the collar.

The Dress Shirt And Waistcoat

Apart from the tailcoat, the dress shirt is one of the most important features of white tie attire. The appropriate shirt to wear with a white tie dress code is one that has a wing-tip collar. There are no pleats on the front of the shirt, but there are about 2-3 black studs on the front. The number of studs that are on your dress shirt will depend on your height and the height of the waistcoat.

The waistcoat is a white color, and it is either single or double breasted. The waistcoat always has a deep V-shaped opening, which is fastened by 2 small mother of pearl buttons. The waistcoat should also be tailored to specifically fit your proportions, and here is where length is crucial. The waistcoat should be long enough that it covers your waist and the top of your trousers. The waistcoat is usually made from Marcella cotton, which is similar to the dress shirt.

While it might seem that selecting a dress shirt is a simple affair, it is actually complex and involves many intricate details. The body of the white dress shirt is made of either broadcloth or a light fabric, such as voile. This is a good option if you are attending a white tie event that takes place during the summer. The white dress shirt is made from plain linen, plain cotton or cotton pique. The bosom is typically stiff and cardboard-like, so to keep it lying against the chest, it has to be tailored so that it ends just above the trouser waist. It should also be just inside the suspenders.

The collar is very distinguishable, due to its folded wings and height. The collar is detachable, and is fastened to the tunic shirt that is fitted with a shorter stud in the back of the collar. There is a longer stud in the front, whose purpose is to hold the part of the fabric that overlaps at the throat. The front stud is the only part that touches the neck. The cuffs for a white tie dress code are called stiff barrel cuffs, which go beyond the coat sleeve. The cuffs are not folded back. Links, and not buttons, are used to fasten them.