Formal affairs call for a very specific dress mode. Each formal wear category has a traditional set of garments that are worn.
White Tie Affairs - White tie affairs call for the classic tail coat, formal shirt, white cotton pique vest, bow tie and black patent slipper. They are considered the most formal of formal affairs.
Black Tie Affairs - Black tie affairs are the most common type of formal affair. These include dinners, weddings, opera and theater engagements, charitable functions and formal business occasions. Shorter coats of very specific styling are worn with lace up black patent shoes, a black bow tie and a cummerbund or vest.
Morning Dress - This is classic English formal wear consisting of a cutaway jacket and specific heavily striped trouser. Morning dress is traditionally worn with black oxford shoes, gray top hat and gray gloves.
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