Black Tie Elegance

March 3rd, 2016

With the haze of Oscar season lifting over Los Angles, and wedding season right around the corner, we’ve been thinking and talking a lot about formalwear.

The thing I love about formal menswear is the elegance. When a man wears a tuxedo, he is expected to look his absolute best. If there was ever a garment that should fit impeccably and be cut from a luxury fabric, it’s a classic tuxedo. A cheap tux is an oxymoron. It’s like putting chrome rims on a used Honda – it gives the appearance of luxury, but ultimately looks cheesy and misses the mark.

We often get asked about how to “stand out” in formalwear, while remaining traditional and not being too “loud”. It’s a tricky balance, as it’s easy to do “too much” with modern black tie. After all, the tradition of formalwear is all about subtlety and understated elegance (in order to place emphasis on our beautiful women in their beautiful gowns).

With that said, here are three ways to tastefully stand out from the crowd at black tie events, while (of course) making long-term wardrobe investments that you’ll re-use for years to come.

The Blackwatch Dinner Jacket


A one-button shawl collar dinner jacket is smooth and sexy. Pair it with black or midnight blue tuxedo trousers, or just black suit pants.

If you have the swagger, you can also pull it off with a t-shirt and black jeans for a more casual night out.


Our blackwatch dinner jacket is a traditional formalwear garment that makes a subtle, elegant statement. The fabric is a blend of silk (for a luxurious sheen), wool (for a smooth drape) and linen (to keep you cool and sweat-free).

It’s a highly breathable garment that can be worn year-round and have you covered for a grand entrance to any and all special events.

Blackwatch Tux 640

Midnight Wool Coat

The Midnight Blue Tuxedo


Menswear traditionalists believe midnight blue to be more appropriate than black for formal attire. The argument is that a deep saturated blue is richer, and thus darker, than a flat black in evening light.

Unlike a shawl collar (which is strictly-bowtie), a peak lapel jacket gives you the option to wear a straight tie as well.


Our super 120s midnight tuxedo (paired here with our Tobacco Cashmere Overcoat) is a very dark and elegant navy, offering just a subtle contrast against the black grosgrain trimmings.

Midnight Blue Formal Tuxedo

Tobacco Cashmere Coat

Midnight Essential Tuxedo

The Double-Breasted Tuxedo

Glenplaid Overcoat-2

A double-breasted tuxedo is as formal as a gets it. The extra layer of cloth adds an element of sophistication, maturity and respect for the occasion.

It’s also one of those garments that you can’t rent, and you can’t fake – the fit of a double-breasted jacket has to be spot-on…it’s easy to miss the mark (and obvious when you do) without the proper tailoring.

Glenplaid Overcoat-5

Our super 120’s black tuxedo is a long-term investment that will have you looking forward to the special events on your calendar for years to come.

Black Formal Tuxedo

Black Essential Tuxedo

Textured White Broadcloth Shirt

For more on black tie, check out our Guide to Formal Attire.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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