White tie means full evening dress, refined elegance, no embellishment, the most formal dress . Emily Post’s definition is: a black tailcoat, matching trousers with a single stripe of satin or braid in the U.S.; two stripes in Europe or the U.K.; a white piqué wing-collared shirt with stiff front; braces, to ensure a good fit; a white vest; white-colored (e.g., mother-of-pearl) studs and cuff links; a white bow tie; white or gray gloves; black patent shoes, and black dress socks. A top hat is optional.
The white-tie waistcoat should stop half an inch underneath the front of the tailcoat, and never hang out. The tailcoat can be black with a velvet collar, or midnight blue, with a blue-black collar. It should be worn with sheer black socks and dress pumps or with patent leather lace-ups. White tie is timeless.
Dressing for a Date! – Get it Right!
A first date to the cinema to watch Scooby Doo is a far cry from a graduation ball or a black tie dinner. Guy’s or gals need to consider where it is they’re going. It goes without saying that he or she will be hoping to impress, so at least make sure sufficient levels of effort and scouting have gone into what’s expected.