Here’s an interesting look back at the “correct details” of evening clothes circa 1940 courtesy of Esquire magazine. While some of the advice is specific to that particular period the vast majority of it remains pertinent to this day.
Most people are familiar with the use of lapel facings to add flair to a tuxedo but likely few are aware that the jacket’s collar and cuffs can be used for this purpose as well.
If your dinner jacket was constructed without a lapel buttonhole and you wish your tailor to add one so that you may sport a boutonniere (which the British confusingly also call a “buttonhole”), you have a couple of options. You can get a keyhole shaped opening like the ones used for the jacket’s waist and sleeve buttons or you can get a straight hole like the one shown here. Read more
Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne, an exciting and historic moment for me as a Canadian and a monarchist. To mark the occasion I thought I would pay tribute to the men in her family who demonstrate regularly how conventional formal wear continues to be the height of sartorial sophistication. By wearing it frequently and correctly they remind us that it is both relevant and regal thus reinforcing its long held standing as apparel fit for a prince. Literally.