A large part of the research for the Guide involved poring over countless formalwear Web sites for illustrations of various black-tie attire. Here are some of the best (worst?) examples of the godawful garments lurking in cyberspace.
The following are screen captures of actual formalwear Web sites . . .
Tip number 1: if you can’t spell it then don’t sell it.
Perhaps to keep its customers on their toes, this Texas-based chain uses the heading “special tuxedos” to mean everything except tuxedos:
“Formal” tuxedos actually refer to tailcoats
“Daytime” tuxedos actually refer to cutaways and strollers
“Informal” tuxedos actually refer to Quinceañera cadet coats
“Business” tuxedos actually refer to everyday suits
This is from a site that excels in bad advice. In this sentence alone it invents one garment (there is no such thing as “tuxedo tails”) and two dress codes (“Black Tie Only” and “White Tie Formal”). But here’s the real kicker: This is a formalwear industry site specifically created “to help better educate consumers about tuxedos and men’s formal wear.” Click the thumbnail to see more of this atrocious “education” . . . and some extremely repetitive prose to boot.
2008 Update: This site has become defunct since first appearing in the Hall of Shame. The author would like to think that it is at least partly responsible.
Tuxedo & Black Tie Hall of Shame
Formalwear is a wide term and some have very gaudy taste. On this page you see a selection of hideous tuxedos, tails and formalwear in poor taste.