Gentlemen, if what to wear to a black tie event has you in a conundrum, you’re not alone. It’s one of our most frequently asked questions and one we’re always happy to answer: a black tie event is a special occasion and a time to really raise the stakes in the wardrobe department.
A black tie dress code is typically expected at very formal weddings and gala balls that take place after 7pm, however your host will set the expectation by including a dress code on your invitation. In Newcastle we have two charity balls on the horizon – the Mark Hughes Foundation Ball and the Hunter Medical Research Institute Ball – both are black tie events.
For men, a black tie dress code means wearing a dinner suit, which is usually a black suit differentiated by a satin lapel. This is also often referred to as a tuxedo, which is an American term.
From top to toe, here’s a breakdown on how to nail a black tie dress code.