Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Proper Black-Tie Attire Items for Prom

Everyone wants to look best during their prom night, not just for the young girls, but also for guys. A tuxedo is a part of men's clothing which comes in black tie. Men's black-tie attire suits are always considered to be the best formal wear for prom. Proper black-tie attire include the following:

1. The Jacket - Tuxedo-style jacket in plain black with either peaked lapels or a shawl collar. The lapels can be faced in black satin or left the same surface as the jacket, though the former is more traditional and a bit sharper-looking. If you plan on wearing a boutonniere flower, make sure there's a working buttonhole for it.
2. The Trousers - Matching black in the same material as the jacket. There should be a stripe of satin down the outside of each trouser leg. They should be held up with suspenders, not a belt, and the trousers should have tabs for the suspenders inside the waistband. You don't want the cheaper metal clip style of suspenders showing from underneath your jacket while you dance.
3. The Shirt - Plain white with a stiff vertical band (called a placket) in the center where the sides join. The buttonholes will be holes on both sides, fastened with studs rather than sewn-on buttons. Cuffs should be French-style. The collar can be either a basic point collar or the raised wing-style collar with stiff, elevated points.
4. The Tie - A plain black bow tie. Take the extra five minutes to learn how to tie one yourself, rather than using a clip-on. It's about as easy as tying your shoes, there's easy how-to guides online if the rental outfit doesn't come with one, and it'll look much better.
5. The Shoes - You could rent formal pumps to go with the outfit, but if you have a pair of plain black dress shoes of your own, I'd recommend shining them up and wearing them instead. A night of dancing is a tough way to break in shoes you've never worn before.

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