Bow tie - For a very formal occasions and always
acceptable in any company are black silk bows, sometimes with a little interest
in the fabric either in barathea, satin or with moire or shantung finishes. For
more lively occasions anything goes, black and white spotted bows with matching
cummerbunds are an example, so are plain silk bows and cummerbunds in
a wide variety of colours. The size of the bow is at the wearer's discretion but
care must be taken to ensure that the fittings of the bow are correct for wear
with a wing collared shirt. The bow can be ready-tied or to-tie. Long ties are
never worn with a Dinner Jacket.
Cummerbund - Should be pleated.
Normally the cummerbund matches the bow. Although not a necessary accessory it
adds to the smartness and makes a clean finish between shirt and trouser top.
The wearing of a cummerbund or waistcoat should be encouraged when wearing
shirts with laid-on fronts so that the bottom of the front shirt panel does not show above
the top of the trouser band.
Waistcoats - For very formal
occasions the waistcoat can either be made from a similar fabric to the suit or
from a black or black design satin or velvet. For less formal occasions where
the customer prefers a waistcoat to a cummerbund then any fancy design in satin
moire or brocade is acceptable either with a black tie or one to match the
Socks - Silk or fine
Shoes - Patent black leather, lace up or slip
Handkerchief - White silk or a design to match bow ties
Scarf - White silk
with a fringe
Fun back dress shirts are popular with those
who like a sense of adventure. When worn with a jacket the shirt appears to be
formal but as the evening develops and the jacket is removed the flamboyant
design is exposed. The Fun back dress shirt is popular with the armed