The red carpet was awash in sartorial disaster at the 2014 Oscars, as per usual. It pains me so much to see anyone, especially celebrities, do black tie with such recklessness. I do understand that many celebrities use the red carpet to try new looks (this year the white dinner jacket was huge), differentiate themselves and cash in on endorsement deals to wear a given designers clothing. I feel bad for many of the designers, as many of their muses looked like, well, shit. Indeed, any PR is not good PR. True, there were some who did dress well, but they were easily out numbered by aforementioned disasters.
Before I get into my typical line of critique let’s review a 8 really simple guidelines for wearing a tuxedo (or dinner jacket).
-No notch lapels, ever. Shawl collars and peak lapels are the only appropriate options.
-No flap or patch pockets, ever. Stick with besom and non flapped pockets.
-Single breasted jackets should have no more than 1 button. 2 and 3 button jackets should be outlawed.
-A cummerbund or vest (waistcoat) must be worn to cover the waist.
-Suspenders or side tabs are obligatory. Belts are an anathema and acceptable precisely 0% of the time.
-Long neckties are also appropriate 0% of the time. Bow ties are de rigueur.
-Black tie means BLACK TIE. Thus, your bow tie should be black.
-A pocket square should be worn. White linen is ideal. A flower in the boutonniere is also acceptable.
-Never, ever, ever wear a pre tied bow tie.
And then of course the whole ensemble should fit well. Sadly, many of our present day male celebrities can’t get any of it right.
PS – if you think I’ve been too harsh on these celebrities please sound off in the comments section below so that I know to sugar coat things less next time.