It can be a little confusing
to know what to wear for a particular formal occasion.
We hope this brief guide will help you. For some occasions
such as formal evening functions or investitures, strict
rules apply. Other occasions such as weddings or proms
the rules can be changed according to your own ideas.
You may wish the Groom and Best Man to be dressed distinctly
from others, or you may wish these two and all the immediate
family to be dressed the same. Whatever you decide,
make the dress code clear on your invitation and for
our part we will ensure that everyone in your party
has your chosen outfit.
Traditional weddings would have classic morning suits
which are available in a range of colours, and usually
all the close guests would wear morning suits.
Very popular now are the ¾ jacket suits which
can range from a variation on classic morning suits
to suits in a choice of interesting materials and colours.
An alternative is a contemporary suit which would be
of slightly unusual cut and fabric to make it distinctive
from a normal day suit, some of these would be available
to hire while others would be to buy only. To buy is
a more expensive option, but maybe just the groom and
best man would invest in these suits, leaving the others
to be a little more traditional.
The accessories such as waistcoats and cravats add the
touch of colour, often reflecting the wedding colour
scheme such as bridesmaid's dresses.
Functions "black tie"
The three basic items are an evening suit usually black,
evening shirt with wing or classic collar, and a bow
tie which unless the occasion is very formal can actually
be any colour. Accessories such as cummerbunds and patent
dress shoes can be added.
Evening Function "white tie"
The dress code here has to be strictly adhered to. This
consists of an evening tail suit, white marcella shirt,
waistcoat and bow.
The school or college prom is a fairly recent phenomenon,
and basically anything goes. You can play it safe with
an evening suit, or climb into your stretch limo in
a white contemporary suit.
On most cruises there is a chance to dress up once or
twice. A white tuxedo outfit or
black evening suit would be ideal. Special rates are
available for an extended hire, although it might pay
Your invitation will advise you of the dress code, which
is usually a traditional morning suit with top hat.
A classic lounge suit with suitable shirt and tie of
A dark lounge suit often black, with white shirt and
If you have a little Scottish blood, a Highland outfit
could be worn to a wedding or evening function.