White Tie: The Apex of Elegance
White Tie requires full dress which, as its
name implies, is the highest order of male civilian attire.
With a patrician pedigree dating
back to the English Regency its rules are as rigid as its clothes
The dress code is also extremely rare these
days as it is associated with only the
most ceremonious of occasions.
Therefore should you find yourself fortunate enough to
receive a White Tie invitation it is vital you pay attention to
detail as this will likely be your sole opportunity to get it
While the less formal Black
Tie code provides leeway to channel a variety of looks from 1930s
movie stars to modern day superspies, White Tie is a virtual uniform
that brooks little deviation.
When executed sloppily it is no more than a magicianís
costume. When carried out skillfully, its adroit balance of
militaristic authority and refined elegance elevates the
most ordinary of men to Royals and
Tailored to fit, "white tie" can give
any man a special dignity and distinction as do no other clothes.
Complete Book of Etiquette