Accessories That’ll Turn Heads In A Black Tie Event

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  • Champagne, caviar, cigars, ladies in stunning floor-length gowns savoring refreshing wine, men in tuxedos and black bow tie in silk faille grosgrain sized butterfly sipping single malt. The rules of the black-tie event are simple. It doesn't matter what the haberdashers say, convention and elegance are key to these Cinderella-esque events.

    A 'black tie' denotes a significant event - a milestone birthday, wedding reception, a red carpet event, or a prestigious ball. Here there's little room for creativity, the host expects to respect tradition, and guests to follow a dress code, in this case, a century-old black tie dress code that harks back to the Edwardian era. Aristocratic men of high social standing swapped their tailcoat jackets for more comfortable smoking jackets and thus began the 'black-tie' event during the reign of Edward VII. The 'loosening of the tie' was later adopted by the Tuxedo Club of New York. To date, the rules haven't changed when it comes to attire. Smart, polished, and pomp is the name of the game.

    Tuxedo, Black Tie, Cigar, And Accessories

    Unless you're Nick Jonas and want to ice out in jewelry in a black-tie event, the rules for men's accessories fit within a tight aristocratic framework. There's some room to use your imagination, but it’s not a lot. Let’s start with the wallet.

    A wallet mirrors a man's class. It says more than his words. Nothing creates a presence so dominating than a man's watch and his wallet. Your tuxedo will get you in. But it's your wallet that will impress. So choose wisely.

    GRID - The 'Boardroom Wallet'

    You need a wallet that oozes class, luxury, and yet carries the hallmark of 'loosening of the tie'. GRID's all-black metal wallet cuts through all the noise and is the hottest red carpet wallet in Hollywood. The slim metal wallet follows the Edwardian aristocratic code. Within the streamlined minimalist design, your cards are encased in premium metal and the quality boasts high-quality craftsmanship, similar to the Edwardian era.

    We suggest you go for the all-black metal wallet or notch it up with a titanium metal wallet.

    Watch And Inspire.

    Put away your digital watch. You'll need a timepiece that reflects true craftsmanship and class. It doesn't have to be a Rolex or diamond-encrusted Piaget. It can be a mid-range Tissot or Swatch. Any good make will do the job, even a Fossil watch with a quality leather band will get you through.

    A Clean Cut - Cigar Cutter

    If you enjoy a good roasty Cuban after your meal, you're in good hands. Cigar smoking is living its heydays among men again. Expect a smoking session in one company at a black-tie event. Whether you smoke or not, carry a quality cigar cutter. It's a part of the ritual. A clean cut preserves the cigar's structure and taste. A high-quality cigar cutter impresses all. Unlike watches, you don't need to spend a fortune to get a quality one that stands out in the room. Be a cut above the rest. To add to the class, carry a Zippo lighter with it.

    Cufflinks

    You cannot swing this. You're best off with gold or silver cufflinks to go with your crisp white shirt and tux. A pair of double-sided Mother Of Pearl studs will catch the attention and bring about that sophisticated look. These will set you back a hundred bucks or so but at the end of night, you'll be happy that you wore them. Keep it simple, keep it classy.

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