Black Tie, also known as Dinner Jacket or, in Swedish "Smoking", is the most widely used type of formalwear today. Mostly used for dinner parties and other semi-formal events it is also becoming increasingly popular at weddings.
Price from SEK 15 000*
*For full bespoke, two-piece black tie.
The most commonly used cloth selections for Black Tie is wool or velvet where wool is regarded as more formal. Other options are also possible, such as linen. When it comes to color, black and midnight blue would be considered standard choices but the possibilities are endless.
A wool dinner jacket can be either single or double breasted, preferably with peak lapels. A velvet dinner jacket is usually single breasted and can have either peak lapels or a shawl collar. High side vents are recommended on both varieties.
The trousers are either black or midnight blue wool with either single or double stripes. The most elegant trousers for black tie are straight, high cut and worn with braces.
A black wool waistcoat with black buttons may be worn together with a single breasted wool dinner jacket. The most elegant variety would be the low cut, horseshoe shaped one.
Shirt & tie
As the name suggests Black Tie is worn with a with a black silk bow tie. The shirt should be a white, double cuff, cutaway collar shirt with either pleats or a marcella chest. If it is a buttoned shirt the buttons should be covered. If it is a shirt with studs the studs should preferably be in a light color (e.g. silver, gold or pearl).
Shoes & accessories
Black tie is usually worn with black patent leather shoes. However if you opt for the slightly more eccentric, but equally elegant, opera pump then velvet is also an option.