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Kristian’s Knowledge: The Story of White Tie
31 Dec 2015
It's New Year's Eve, and if you're attending the fanciest of events you'll more than likely come across white tie attire. But where did it all start? Early style icon and English Regency dandy, Beau Brummell, is credited for conceiving white tie dress back in the early 19th-century. The white tie ensemble replaced the more fussy eveningwear looks of breeches and highly decorative jackets, giving gentlemen a more minimal, sartorial look for the evening. Today this most formal and exacting of dress codes is reserved for ceremonial occasions (particularly if the royals are involved!), formal balls and formal evening weddings. And here at Oliver Brown, our elegant white tie tails are cut from 100% wool worsted barathea sourced from a mill in Huddersfield, renowned for its long tradition in this cloth. They're made to the highest of standards here in the UK, cut from the Oliver Brown classic-fitted block. Available in regular and long fittings, the tails are finished with a pure silk grosgrain peak lapel and matching buttons. So that's the jacket, but what about the rest of the look? Tradition dictates that the shirt and waistcoat must be white, and the trousers and shoes must be black. And it's not white tie without, of course, a white silk bow tie. We quite like the addition of a white silk scarf for a finishing touch, but it's a personal preference. Take a look at our white tie tails online to add a touch of the dandy to your formal wardrobe.