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The Black Tie

  • I have been invited to a big dinner and the invitation says the dress code is “black tie”. I can’t be bothered with all that fuss. Can I get away with wearing a black suit and a dark tie?

    No, you can’t. It’s rude to your host and definitely not clever. However, if you are desperate not to wear a tuxedo, try a Jacquard Evening Jacket with a floral tie and some crystal cufflinks to stand out from the crowd for the right reasons.

  • I have been to several black tie dinners, but I am getting a bit bored with looking like everyone else. What are my alternatives to the predictable “penguin suit”?

    Duchamp is the place for you. The essence of eveningwear is that it is special occasion wear and we have worked hard to find interesting alternatives that still fall within the rules of black tie etiquette. Happily, all but the most traditional events allow, or even welcome, a contemporary take on the formal outfit. At Duchamp, we like to wear a dress shirt and a bow tie, which gives us grounding in the traditional, but we have lots of variations on the classic waistcoat for you to update your style. For example, we have a stunning Velvet Waistcoat that oozes wow factor in sparkly black. Add our floral bow tie, sleek trousers, a textured pocket handkerchief, some sparkling cufflinks and you will be the brightest star on the night.