Decoding the Dress Code
What to wear when the invitation requests ‘RSVP’..
White Tie (and tails)
The most formal of all formal attire. Think Fred Astaire in Top Hat or Idris Elba at The Met Gala.
Tailcoat and matching formal trousers; white piqué vest; white wing collar formal shirt with piqué ‘bib’; white piqué to-tie bow tie; white carnation; black patent leather oxfords; black silk hose; white silk opera scarf; dress set. Pomade. Top hat and cane optional.
Single breasted peak lapel dinner suit in black or midnight blue, no vents, no pocket flaps. Black to-tie bow tie.
White pleated formal shirt. Dress set. White silk pocket square. Black patent leather opera pumps.
Creative Black Tie
Single breasted shawl collar dinner jacket. Formal or dress trousers in black. Formal or dress shirt with double cuffs. Cravat. Velvet opera slippers with monogram. Channel the Rat Pack in Vegas-worthy red Lurex, or in white Dupioni silk for your inner James Bond.
Dressy lounge suit in Saratelle sharkskin. Crisp white shirt with double cuffs and cuff links.
Solid satin four-in-hand tie. Plain tie bar angled downwards. Black dress oxfords. Dark solid hose.
Morning Suit Day weddings, the Royal Enclosure at Ascot or a garden party at the Palace. Morning coat and matching trousers. Contrast waistcoat. White spread collar dress shirt with double cuffs and cuff links. Solid satin four-in-hand. Antique pearl stick pin and watch chain..See The collection