Buying Guide: Assembling Your Formal Wardrobe

If men liked shopping they'd call it research.

Cynthia Nelms

Building a respectable black-tie wardrobe can vary in cost from US$400 to $10,000 depending on quality and markup.  This buying guide has been designed to help men establish a basic shopping list, determine a budget somewhere along the price spectrum then locate major retailers that cater to that budget. 


Devotees of classic Black Tie and men assembling a full-dress wardrobe can also take advantage of the guide’s listing of specialty retailers that offer hard-to-find garments and accessories.