✔ The focal point of any black tie look is a tuxedo jacket, also known as a dinner jacket.
✔ Decked out with a peaked collar or a shawl collar, the lapels of the jacket are covered in black silk, giving it a subtle sheen.
✔ These jackets are usually single-breasted and fitted with one button.
✔ For a contemporary take on the tuxedo jacket, pick one in midnight blue.
✔ A waistcoat is usually an optional element in a black tie look, much like it is in a contemporary suit.
✔ Should you choose to wear one, ensure that it is low cut and wide, so that it shows off more of your dress shirt.
✔Also, pay attention to ensure that it is identical in colour and fabric to your tuxedo jacket.
✔ Ensure that the front of the shirt has some detailing in the centre—usually several lines of thin pleats running from top to bottom.
✔ It is advisable to swap the buttons of your white dress shirt with studs that make for a more ornate option for a night out.
✔ First things first, remember that your trousers and tuxedo jacket must match each other in terms of colour and fabric. This isn’t a look where you want to create an outfit that seems pieced-together.
✔ While you can opt for pleats, the norm is to stick with flat-front trousers that have a straight cut.
✔ Unlike regular trousers, black tie trousers are usually high-waisted.
✔ It is a cardinal sin to wear a belt with a black tie outfit, so ensure you purchase a cummerbund.
✔ This must also be black and can be of a regular fabric or silk, to coordinate with the lapels on your jacket.
✔Always remember to wear it in a manner that covers the waistband of your trousers completely.
✔ Although this one is pretty self-explanatory, be sure to pick a black bow tie. There’s no room for experimentation when it comes to black tie dressing.
✔ As far as knots go, pick a butterfly, semi-butterfly, pointed or straight-end knot.
✔ Take your time to get your bow tie to look perfectly knotted; a sloppy bow tie can ruin the entire outfit in an instant.
✔ Your shoes need to be black too and look sophisticated.
✔ You can opt for standard black lace-ups, but ensure that they are well-polished and have a gleaming finish.
✔However, it deserves to be mentioned that regular formal lace-ups must not be replaced with patent leather ones just to add extra shine. They look rather tacky and lack the sophistication that classic lace-ups have.