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Just because it says “Black tie” doesn’t mean you have to dress in traditional penguin tuxedo. The key is understanding the rationale behind the black tie dresscode. General interpretation is that when the invite states “black tie”, the implication is that it’s a formal affair, requiring gentlemanly elegance in posh surrounds. Still, while every man should own a tux, the more practical amongst us might prefer a jacket combination which can be used across a wide variety of occasions. Ladies and gents, formal affairs don’t have to be boring, the Monsieur suggests the alternative black tie:

Just because it says “Black tie” doesn’t mean you have to dress in traditional penguin tuxedo. The key is understanding the rationale behind the black tie dresscode. General interpretation is that when the invite states “black tie”, the implication is that it’s a formal affair, requiring gentlemanly elegance in posh surrounds. Still, while every man should own a tux, the more practical amongst us might prefer a jacket combination which can be used across a wide variety of occasions. Ladies and gents, formal affairs don’t have to be boring, the Monsieur suggests the alternative black tie:

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