What to Wear and When?

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The WILVORST Style Guide offers tips and tricks how to find the perfect outfit, no matter if wedding suit, festive outfit or business look. With style and class your entrance will be unforgettable. The WILVORST Style Guide offers tips and tricks how to find the perfect outfit for any occasion. Dress Codes | Style Guide: in order to correctly move on the parquet of formal wear some know-how is helpful. Dress Codes, Time Rules, What to Wear and When! Many open questions and uncertainties about festive evening wear..... WILVORST as market leader of festive evening wear will have the right answers. From A to Z In order to assure a sense of style we have arranged the most important dress codes and details about classy outfits and garments for you. A little style guide so you will be just dressed right at the right occasion. FAQ‘s | WEDDING, WEDDING SUIT, STYLE GUIDE You have questions, that our style guide did not answer here? Here we have summarized FAQ’s, that are often posed and of course the respective answers!

Accessories

Besides the pocketkerchief further stylish extras are important: for example if available a golden pocket watch should be combined with the evening tail suit rather than a wristwatch. The dinner suit should be combined with flat silver cufflinks and a silver wristwatch with black leather wristband. The morning coat should be decorated with a white or red clove in the button hole of the lapel. Concerning the wedding suit: the accessories are the cherry on top!

"Black Tie"

The demand on an invitation card to wear dinner suit, in french also called "cravate noire".

The dinner suit (called "Black Tie" on invitation cards) was invented in the British smoking rooms at the end of the 19th century. In the U.S. it is called tuxedo.

Morning Coat

The morning coat is the evening tailsuit of the daytime. It is the right outfit for festive occasions in the morning / daytime until 3.00 p.m. The morning coat is combined with grey striped trousers and a silver grey waistcoat with white shirt and silver grey tie. Or a white wing collar shirt and nice grey neckerchief.

High point of this outfit is the grey top hat. For weddings (also as traditional groom's suit or wedding outfit) and very official receptions.

White Tuxedo

A classic garment for all kinds of social occasions in the daytime or even a romantic luxury cruise. This "outdoor- or summer-version" of the dinner suit is combined with dinner shirt and black dinner trousers. Not suitable as wedding suit.

At one's own taste: white or colored bowtie, matching pochette and cummerbund.

Pocketkerchief

The indispensable accessory to combine with the suit is the pocketkerchief, which is also called pochette. In the field of festive evening wear it should be matching the bowtie and the waistcoat or cummerbund in color and design. Exception: with evening tail suit or morning coat or in plain white.

To fold or artfully put it in the breastpocket is up to the personal taste.

Bowtie

The bowtie is a very festive accessory. It is the elegant alternative to tie or neckerchief. Meantime it is a popular accessory to combine with the wedding suit.  

With dinner suit or evening tail suit the bowtie is essential. It is available for self-bonding or with elastic. The size varies with the latest fashion.

Evening Tail Suit

The king of festive evening wear for men: timeless, male, precious - the official garment for very festive occasions. If an invitation card says: "White Tie" it means that the evening tail coat should be worn. A general rule of thumb: the evening tail coat should be worn after 3.00 p.m. or even better after nightfall. To combine: black top hat, white waistcoat made of piqué, white tail shirt with the front made of piqué. A must-have: white bowtie made of piqué and black patent leather shoes.  

Shirt

The German term "Hemd" means shirt. It originates from the expression "Hemedi", which means skin in the middle high German language. So please pay attention that your second skin fits well and is made of a nice material.

Shirts are available in most different variations of the collar, fittings and colors. Well known are the classic shirts with shark collar or wing collar.

Tie

At festive occasions the tie is rather not the right accessory to wear.

As adornment for men the tie is available in many different styles and colors, mainly in the business sector.

For festive occasions it is replaced by bowtie or neckerchief.

Cummerbund

The cummerbund is the alternative to the waistcoat - it is an attractive sash in the color and design of the bowtie.

Its name comes from the hindu expression "camarbund", a kind of sash that was worn by British soldiers. The pleats of the cummerbund show upwards so tickets and cards may be stuck inside. In the classic way the cummerbund is worn with the dinner suit.

Long jacket

Not only for single occasions - the long jacket is modern, young and a little longer than a normal jacket - and for this reason in combination with a plain trouser it is a perfect wedding suit. It is not only the right outfit for the wedding - should be matching the color of the wedding dress - but as three- or four-button style with fashionable collars it is the right outfit for very many occasions.

As alternative to the festive wing collar shirt a nice partyshirt in white or cream should be combined.

Top Hat

A headdress for very official occasions in combination with the evening tail suit, mostly foldable. Came into vogue in the first half of the 19th century.

The king of festive evening wear for men: timeless, male, precious - the official garment for very festive occasions. If an invitation card says: "White Tie" it means that the evening tail coat should be worn.

Jacket with stand-up collar

The jacket with stand-up collar is a new variation of the festive outfit. Since at least Elton John the whole world knows this fashionable garment. High-cut it is worn with waistcoat and matching neckerchief or bowtie. Preferably the jacket is designed with hidden button-panel and a length of around 80 - 85 cm, perfect for tall men.

For wedding, events and concerts

Shoes

Shoes are indispensable with any outfit, either wedding suit or dinner suit. 

The dinner suit asks for elegant black shoes - the evening tail suit should be combined with black patent leather shoes (either plain or structured). Apart from that: flat and plain shoes make the best appearance. Ideally the wedding suit is combined with leather shoes in brown or black.

Dinner suit

The dinner suit (called "Black Tie" on invitation cards) was invented in the British smoking rooms at the end of the 19th century. In the U.S. it is called tuxedo. The elegant dinner suit: the black single breasted dinner suit with shawl collar is the right choice for formal occasions after 6.00 p.m. - also available double breasted and in new colors. Young alternatives of dinner suits are trendy. Menatime many grooms wear the dinner suit also as their wedding suit. 

Dinner Trousers

The dinner trousers is plain and matching the color of the dinner jacket. The matching dinner trousers do have a pleat , but do not have turn-ups, normally they have a galoon on the side. Meantime modern dinner trousers are also available in slim fitting and without pleat.

The dinner suit (called "Black Tie" on invitation cards) is one of the most festive outfits.

Socks

Just like shoes also socks belong to any gentlemen's outfit.

In general men should wear long socks, in order not to show the nacked legs. Socks made from silk- or fine cotton look much nicer that thick wool. On festive occasions the color of the socks is generally black. Fashionable combinations are possible, for example red socks with the black dinner suit.

Tuxedo

American english for dinner suit, since in 1889 it was established by the well known dandy Criswold Corillard.

The elegant dinner suit: the black single breasted dinner suit with shawl collar is the right choice for formal occasions after 6.00 p.m. - also available double breasted and in new colors. Young alternatives of dinner suits are trendy.

Waistcoat

Fashionable alternative to the cummerbund, colorful and matching single breasted jackets or spencer jackets.

The waistcoat (also called gilet in different parts of Europe) is a garment that perfectly matches with a festive suit. The waistcoat is best to combine with neckerchief and pocketkerchief or with a classic bowtie.

"White Tie"

Demand on invitations to wear the evening tail suit.

The evening tail suit is the king of festive evening wear for men: timeless, masculine, precious - the official garment for very festive occasions. If an invitation card says: "White Tie" it means that the evening tail coat should be worn. A general rule of thumb: the evening tail coat should be worn after 3.00 p.m. or even better after nightfall.