There is an intense debate between British people and Americans over who invented the dinner suit (or Tuxedo).
In England they say it was born around 1865 at Henry Poole & Co., a tailor shop of Savile Row, by simply cutting the dovetails of a tailcoat. in America, however, they say that dandy Griswold Lorillard showed off type dress at Tuxedo Club in New Jersey around 1880 for the first time this.
The Tuxedo is the perfect evening suit for him but is has to be worn only when the invitation reads the words ” black tie ” (here the post on “how to read a in invite” ).
The rules for the perfect Tuxedo are a few and simple but essential .
- Color: the classic dark. Aslo the Midnight Blue variant introduced by the Duke of Windsor is very elegant.
- Fabric: very light wool.
- Lapels: The peaked or shawl variant can be in silk or gros-grain, which is more suitable as it never fades.
- Trousers: a strip covers the side seam of the legs (identical to the lapels), the length is slightly shorter than the traditional one and the flap is strictly prohibited.
- Shirt: it has to be white and made from cotton piqué. Buttons can be hidden.
- Bow tie: must be strictly hand-knotted. Should be matched to the fabric of the lapels.
- Cummerbund: Should be matched to the fabric of the lapels too.
- Shoes: lace-ups were originally banned but today a pair of black Oxford is more than acceptable. Brushed of patent leather loafers should be preferred. The tuxedo can also be matched with a pair of black slippers with a silk bow.
- Socks: black and knee-length. Can be in light wool or silk, depending on the dress.