Tuxedo Accessories Shopping Guide

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Pointed Ends make you stand out from the crowd

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Treat yourself to literally the finest socks in the world

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Linen pocket sqaure with handrolled edges by Fort Belvedere

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Upgrade your tuxedo shoes

Without accessories a tuxedo or dinner jacket is incomplete. In this section we show you sources for quality Black Tie Accessories.

Black Bow Ties – Self-Tie Only

When it comes to bow ties you have several options

  1. Pre-tied bow tie (makes you look like a boy at prom)
  2. Self-Tie Bow Tie with size adjuster. Loved by retailers as you only have to stock one size. Has to be tied but looks so much better than pre-tied.
  3. Self-Tie Bow Tie aka the gentleman’s one. You buy it exactly in your neck size. Must have if you wear detachable collars but even if you wear regular turn down collar tuxedo shirts, this version separates the gentlemen from the average men. If you take your black tie outfit seriously, skip the adjustable one and get this one. Hard to find, except here. If you are starting out, the gold standard and first one to buy is the butterfly shape in satin.
  4. Single End Bow Tie. Very popular with elegant gentlemen during the heyday of Black Tie. If you already have a sized self-tie, this is the next step, learn more about them here, and buy them here.
  5. Shapes & Materials: As elaborated here, bow ties come in all sorts shapes and materials and you have to find the right ones for you.

How To Tie A Bow Tie

Want to learn how to tie a self-tie bow tie? Check out this video

Want to learn advanced ways to tie a bow tie, including a single end bow tie? Watch this video

Dark Mother of Pearl Shirt Stud Button

Dark Mother of Pearl Shirt Stud Button

Tuxedo Shirts

  • Budd Shirtmakers, pricey London supplier of evening shirts. MTM and bespoke options available
  • Charles Thyrwhitt, marcella bib turndown collar tuxedo shirts with holes for studs in different fits
  • Darcy Clothing (formerly The Vintage Shirt Company), specialist offering authentic collarless shirts and detachable collars
  • Eton, pricey, fashion forward tuxedo shirts
  • Jos A Bank, entry level tuxedo shirts
  • Ede and Ravenscroft, specialist offering collarless shirts and detachable collars
  • Ralph Lauren, look for their purple label range shirts when they are on sale or on ebay
  • Toastmaster Clothing, legal wear and eveningwear retailer offering Frederick Theak collarless marcella shirts
  • Luke Eyres, manufacturer & wholesaler of detachable collars that supplies most other UK retailers (minimum order of 6)
  • Brooks Brothers, offering tuxedo shirts and full-dress detachable collar shirt (with collar)
Black Tie Tuxedo Evening Waistcoat Vest

Black Tie Tuxedo Evening Waistcoat Vest

Evening Waistcoats

  • Budd Shirtmakers, pricey London supplier of evening waistcoats
  • Buckleigh of London, manufacturer of ready-to-wear and bespoke waistcoats
  • Ede & Ravenscroft, premium retailer offering U-shaped faille model
  • Oliver Brown, premium retailer offering U-shaped wool & grosgrain model
  • Waistcoats Direct, offers U-shaped evening waistcoats; will make them in any fabric that you supply

Cummerbunds

Cummerbunds cover the waistband of your pants and are essential for a tuxedo unless you wear a waistcoat or a double-breasted dinner jacket that remains always buttoned.

Never ever wear a belt with a tuxedo as that is a faux pas only peasants would make.

It is really difficult to find quality cummerbunds made of high-end silks in satin, grosgrain, faille, and moiré. Ideally, you want a little loop in the back that you can button on the inside of your pants so your cummerbund stays in the right spot no matter if you dance, sit or move. Hence we created our own cummerbunds which you can find in our shop here.

Cummerbunds

Wear patent leather for shoes

Wear patent leather for shoes


Opera Pumps Court Shoes with deep cutout and over the calf silk socks by Fort Belvedere)

Opera Pumps Court Shoes with deep cutout and over the calf silk socks by Fort Belvedere)

Patent Leather Oxfords & Opera Pumps

Not all men are comfortable wearing opera pumps. If that’s you opt for the black patent leather oxford shoe. Unlike the captoe oxford which is really popular for the office, the evening Oxford does not have a captoe.

Patent leather is preferable to regular leather due to its sheen.

  • Altan, beautiful wholecuts with patent leather custom patina
  • Bowhill & Elliott, opera pumps and velvet slippers
  • Crockett Jones, patent leather oxfords
  • Shoepassion, wholecut patent leather oxfords
  • Zak Wien, patent leather opera pumps and oxfords
  • Bespoke – go with Viennese or British shoemakers as they still have many customers who order opera pumps regularly. Italian makers often get it wrong and make an evening slipper, which is not classically correct.
Wear patent leather for shoes

Wear patent leather oxfords without a captoe and evening shoelaces

Evening Shoelaces

If you go for patent leather oxfords, definitely go with some evening shoelaces. Match the material of the laces to your bow tie. That will tie your tuxedo outfit together nicely. For a superb selection of evening shoelaces, please take a look at our Fort Belvedere evening shoelaces.

Green cotton velvet slippers as an example of a black tie option for your home

Green cotton velvet slippers as an example of a black tie option for your home

Velvet Slippers

Some men prefer to wear velvet slippers with their black tie ensemble, especially if it is a black tie event at their home, or if they wear a velvet jacket.

Black silk evening socks by Fort Belvedere of course over the calf

Black silk evening socks by Fort Belvedere of course over the calf

Evening Socks

Always go for over-the-calf socks. The gold standard is a fine black silk sock. The problem is, often they are blended with Nylon or they are too thick. Therefore we designed our own. Knitted on the most delicate sock machines in the world, we literally created the finest sock in the world with 280 needles.

Angled Hem Tuxedo Pants with burgundy and off white shadow stripe socks by Fort Belvedere and Opera Pumps watermarked

Angled Hem Tuxedo Pants with burgundy and off white shadow stripe socks by Fort Belvedere and Opera Pumps watermarked

If you want to be a little more colorful you can also opt for different socks such as the shadow stripe ones. Always remember though, that a black tie outfit looks best when color is used sparingly.

Art Deco Engraved Rock Crysteal, Platinum and Diamond Full Dress Set with cufflinks, studs and waistcoat buttons by Krementz from the collection of Sven Raphael Schneider

Art Deco Engraved Rock Crystal, Platinum and Diamond Full Dress Set with cufflinks, studs and waistcoat buttons by Krementz from the collection of Sven Raphael Schneider

Cufflinks, Studs & Co

Today most tuxedo sets consist of a pair of cufflinks and maybe 3 or 4 shirts studs. Back in the day you would fine full dress sets with waistcoat buttons, cufflinks and studs. Overall, the quality and attention to details in old tuxedo sets is generally superior to what you can find today.

  • Bentley & Skinner, British
  • Cartier, iconic French purveyor of fine jewelry including diamond and precious stone cufflinks and tuxedo dress sets
  • Fort Belvedere, classic monkey fist cufflinks or eagle claw ones. Matching studs to come soon.
  • Hancocks & Co., a British purveyor of the vintage and contemporary tuxedo dress sets for men
  • Van Cleef & Arpels,
  • Krementz, American vintage brand often found in second-hand stores or eBay. They produced entry level metal stuff but also high-end platinum and diamond dress sets
  • Larter, similar to Krementz Larter is a now-defunct company but you can find beautiful dress sets still including cufflinks, studs and waistcoat buttons
  • Verdura, jeweler extraordinaire

Pocket Squares for a Tuxedo

The classic choice is white, made of linen with hand-rolled edges. Some prefer silk for its shine. If you want to add a dash of color a red or purple pocket square may work well to, but keep them plain and simple. We offer them in the proper size for your chest pocket with and without initials.

Boutonnieres

The buttonhole lapel flower is the perfect companion to a black and white tuxedo ensemble. It adds a tad of color and underlines the special character of the tuxedo. Traditionally, a boutonniere is made out of a fresh flower. The problem is many florists do not know how to make a traditional black tie boutonniere anymore and often when you need it, let’s say on a cruise ship, they are not available. Hence we created our own flowers handmade in Germany. Unlike the real flowers, they will never wilt, look like the real thing, and are always handy no matter where your black tie event it Watch the video about to see how they are made.

For a tuxedo, the classic choice is a carnation in white, red, pink, purple or yellow. We offer them in two sizes, life-size and smaller, both are appropriate in it all depends in your lapel width and personal taste. Of course, you can also wear other flowers such as a rose, or whatever you like.

Black Bow Tie in Silk Satin with Red Carnation Boutonniere and Evening Scarf in Black _ White Silk Satin and White Unlined Leather Gloves

Black Bow Tie in Silk Satin with Red Carnation Boutonniere and Evening Scarf in Black _ White Silk Satin and White Unlined Leather Gloves

Evening Gloves

Evening Gloves provide a finishing touch to your black tie outfit. We offer them in lamb leather here in our store.

White silk evening scarf for black tie or white tie by Fort Belvedere

White silk evening scarf for black tie or white tie by Fort Belvedere

Evening Scarves

Just like the gloves, an evening scarf really completes the black tie outfit. Hence we offer them in a generous size made out of 100% finest Italian silk satin that matches our bow ties in all white or double-sided black and white. Can be used for black tie or white tie ensembles. Note, the hand knotted silk fringes really make these exquisite evening scarves.

Evening Suspenders & Modern White Tie Shirt

Evening Suspenders & Modern White Tie Shirt

Evening Braces – Suspenders – No Belt

For black tie, you want evening suspenders in black or white. Never wear a belt as that would be a faux pas.

Albert Thurston has the widest selection of evening suspenders on the market today. Unfortunately, they do not provide 100% silk evening braces which would be the proper thing to have.

Evening Overcoat with Homburg Hat, silk scarf and white gloves for a black tie tuxedo ensemble

Evening Overcoat with Homburg Hat, silk scarf and white gloves for a black tie tuxedo ensemble

Evening Overcoats

Most men will just wear their navy or dark overcoat for black tie events. However, the true companion to a tuxedo is an evening overcoat which could be either a silk lined cape or a single button peaked lapel evening overcoat with silk facings. Brioni used to offer them but if you want one, I suggest you get is made bespoke.

The Black Tie Watch Primer

The Black Tie Watch Primer

Black Tie Watches

Even though it is not polite to look at your watch in company at a black tie event, a tuxedo watch is a nice accessory. It should be simple with a dark dial, but you can learn all about tuxedo watches in our primer here.

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Tuxedo Accessories Shopping Guide
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Tuxedo Accessories Shopping Guide
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Learn all about tuxedo and black tie accessories starting with the right black bow tie to choose for your tux over shirts, cummerbunds, vest, cufflinks, studs, shoes, scarves, and gloves to overcoats and boutonnieres.
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