Black Tie

A “black tie” dress code on an invitation means that the guest is expected to wear formal evening dress.

This usually consists of a single-breasted or double-breasted black dinner jacket with satin faced lapels and matching trousers with a black satin braid down the outside leg seam.

The dinner suit should be worn with a formal white dress shirt, plain collared with a pleated or Marcella front, or wing collared with pleated front.

Traditionally a back satin bow tie has been worn, in more recent years a wide choice of coloured bow ties are acceptable.

A waistcoat or a cummerbund (never both together) may be worn with the single-breasted jacket. The cummerbund should match the colour of the bow tie.

A waistcoat or a cummerbund are not worn with a double-breast jacket.

The ensemble should be completed with black silk or cotton socks and plain black patent or fine leather shoes.

White Tie

White tie is worn at very formal occasions. White Tie is normally specified on invitations to formal state banquets, balls, and formal diplomatic events.

The White Tie outfit consists of:

  • Black evening tailcoat with satin faced lapels
  • Black evening trousers with a satin stripe down the outside leg seam
  • White Marcella waistcoat
  • White wing collar shirt
  • White bow tie
  • and may be accessorised with a white silk handkerchief.

It should be worn with black silk or cotton socks and plain black patent shoes.

White Tuxedo

The white tuxedo has it origin in the Tuxedo Park Club in New York in the late 1800s. It was also made popular in the 1930s by Humphrey Bogart in the “Casablanca” movie.

Traditionally the white tuxedo has been worn in tropical areas with black dress trousers, white dress shirt and black bow tie.

It is now accepted practice to wear it when cruising or at a summer events and parties. The outfit is always worn with a formal dress shirt but a wide choice of colour accessories such as waistcoats, bow ties and cummerbunds have become common.


To make your life just that little bit easier we have put together this brief wedding dress guide, illustrating the Do’s and Don’ts for the big day.Whether it’s your own wedding or a wedding you have been invited to, we have the right look for all occasions.

For a church wedding it is traditional for the bridegroom to wear a Morning suit or lounge suit. The father of the groom, best man and ushers should then follow suit with matching colour schemes for accessories.

Wedding attire can vary widely depending on personal taste and opinion. Below are a couple of popular examples:

The morning suit is traditional wedding dress and used for many formal occasions such as Ascot. Morning suits are used for day events only. A morning suit consists of a jacket with tails, and striped formal trousers. A dress shirt which can be coloured rather than white only, however for a traditional look the cuffs and collars should be white. A dove or beige waistcoat should be worn for weddings.Tie choice is optional either being a regular tie or a cravat.


Bond Brothers Formalwear
8 Willowfield Park, Goatstown Dublin 14, Ireland