2 Replies to “How Do I Know if a Rental Tux is Proper Black Tie?”

  1. Here’s the basics of true, classic black tie:

    – Black wool dinner jacket with black satin lapels, either peak- or shawl-style.
    – Black trousers in matching wool, with a stripe or braid along the outside of the legs in black satin.
    – Black waist covering, either a cummerbund or a dress waistcoat with lapels.
    – White shirt with French cuffs, a semi-stiff placket down the front, sealed with studs rather than buttons, and a point or wing-style collar.
    – Simple, matching or complementing shirt studs and cuff-links.
    – Black satin bow-tie, never clip-on.
    – Black shoes, either plain leather balmoral oxfords polished to a high shine or dress pumps with a satin bow.
    – White pocket square, horizontal or peaked fold.
    – Boutonniere (optional), single flower, usually either red, white, or light blue.

    If it doesn’t have those things, or it’s replacing them with colored items, it’s probably not true black tie. The only color should be the boutonniere flower, or maybe a very dark, conservative-colored cummerbund in something like burgundy or forest green (vests, however, should never be colored).

    You may have to make some compromises if you’re renting, but hold out for a simple, black outfit with a traditional tuxedo and cummerbund or vest. And stay away from bright colors!

  2. Some black tie style tips to help you with your rental, from our Real Men Real Style YouTube channel:

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