Men’s Dinner Suits – Ditch the Traditional Tux

Roberto Cavalli Evening Wear - 2012

Men’s Dinner Suits

Are you on the lookout for a dinner suit this month? Gentlemen, I think the time has come to ditch the traditional dinner suit or the classic tuxedo. That boring, black, repetitively worn evening suit is no longer needed. Thanks to Usher, Tinie Tempah and Tom Ford, we are seeing a new trend emerging from designers in regards dinner suits or tuxedo’s this 2013.

As for the colour of your suit; anything from white to burgundy or midnight  blue is a winning option. In my opinion midnight blue is the new black. You can also go for printed fabrics as a way to edge-up a standard or boring style of suit. The modern men’s suit, made of virgin wool, feels and looks amazing. The two-button suit jacket with a soft pant is an example of the latest twist in how to wear a dinner suit stylishly.

The styles and designs out there now are refreshing, and give an edge to what can be quite a dated outfit when not worn right.

Tinie Tempah in a white dinner suit

Tinie  Tempah shows us how he’s wearing his suit this year

Men’s Dinner Suits – Things to Look Out For

  • Shirts – Ditch the white and embrace many different colours depending on what colour your suit is.
  • Velvet – TheVelvet jacket is the new trend when it comes to evening suits. Don’t forget adding a vest can add just the right edge to your look.
  • Double Breasted – Embrace the double breasted and three piece suits.
  • Lapels – The more exaggerated and the more eccentric it is, this is what it’s all about. We aren’t talking about the lapel golden rules here any more.
  • Accessories – Accessorise with some nice bracelets, make sure your cufflinks state a more quirky and fun side of you. If you dare, add some  frames to that gorgeous face.
  • Shoes – Find some well-shined leather shoes, making sure that they are pointy. Stick to darker colours but wearing black isn’t in the trend cards for this year, experiment with your style!

Men’s Dinner Suits – Things to Avoid

The classic dinner suit or tuxedo has been the go-to outfit of choice for men but I think it’s time we shook things up a bit. Embrace patterns, textures and colours – don’t be afraid to stand out!

The key to buying an update dinner suit or tuxedo is all about having a playful attitude, having no fear and making sure that the suit or tuxedo represents your personality.

Men’s Dinner Suits & Bow Ties

It’s always impressive if a man can tie his own bow tie. Christopher Chaun shows the intimate nature of the relationship shared with each bow tie they create.

Men’s Dinner Suits – New Trends to Embrace

Celebrities wearing Tom Ford Dinner Suits

The traditional dinner suit attire is looking a lot more interesting

Traditional Dinner Suits

Move on gentleman, we’ve seen it too many times.

Canali with bow tie dark blue dinner suit

Canali, nice fabric print and states the new modern evening man.

David Gandy in Dolce & Gabbana Dinner suit

David Gandy, showing us how that a velvet vest and bow tie is the way forward

White dinner suit

Step out of the dinner suit image and create your own style. Notice the jean shirt.

Dressing The Man - Tom Ford

Tom Ford showing us that a unique fabric has given the dinner suit a re-vamp

Louis Vuitton - White dinner suit

Why not wear white,us it’s all about class and style

glamour goth evening wear for men

Evening wear for men is so edgy right now

Tom Ford dinner suits and goofy shades

Add your own goofy, geek shades

Tom Ford Big lapel

It’s all about imagination and taking risks, Tom Ford. Look at how big that lapel is.

Russell Simmons Wyclef-Jean and Usher at Salute to Icons - Dinner suits

Russell Simmons, Wyclef Jean and Usher, show how to wear a dinner suit in 2013

One Direction - wearing dinner suits

One direction certainly is taking the dinner suit trend to a whole new level.

Adrien Brody - metallic dinner suit

Adrien Brody embraces the metallic dinner suit

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11 Responses

  1. Umer SL

    Hi Gracie,

    I just wanted to write to say you have made a mess of this article, which is unfortunate because I REALLY like some of the ideas you have thrown about.

    Reference: A post on on Black Tie events which tells us a little about the history and why the rules are so important.

    The Black Tie (Tux/Dinner Suit, whatever) is a uniform; it is administered so rarely that the few times you are asked to do it, you should do it well. No peacocking allowed.

    The Dinner Suit isn’t about showing your personality, it’s about letting your actual personality show your personality without any pretence.

    Your rules:
    1. Shirts – should be white or a very pale blue. Do not choose colours
    2. Velvet jackets are fine (not new, either). Vests should be included anyway, to cover the waist.
    3. A dinner suit should ONLY be Double-Breasted or 3-piece. EVER. It’s a hard-and-fast rule.
    4. Lapels should never be notched. All you had to say was peak lapel
    5. Cufflinks should not be quirky; no scrabble cufflinks here. Get something nice and unique, but NOT quirky.
    6. Patent shoes are a rule, too. Not necessarily pointy. Don’t want to look like Krusty the Clown. They should always be black, which is where you are again wrong.

    Now, adding a bow tie or a shawl lapel does not instantly make a black-tie outfit, which is where you are so misguided here.

    The outfits you have posted:
    – Cavalli – A very nice take on black tie using a navy. Falls within rules of black tie; lovely. Go for it.
    – Tinie Tempah is not at a black tie event ( – HERE he is at a BT event. Wearing Black tie. Just because he is wearing a bow tie and a shawl collar, does not a tuxedo make)
    – “New trends to embrace” – There are no new trends there except for that Jonah whatever-his-name-is’ silly shirt.
    – David Gandy knows what he is doing, which is why he is so recered in style circles. Nothing very new about velvet.
    – Omarion; NOT wearing black tie. He’s not at a BT event, he’s just got a twist on black tie for everyday wear, with a denim shirt.
    You would be a laughing stock if you turned up like this to BT event.
    – Tom Ford suit – very nice. Breaks no rules, but does it all very well in a new fabric. You get top marks here.
    – Louis Vuitton – not black tie. NOT EVEN A TIE.
    – Black floral suit – the suit may be black tie, but the shirt and tie are wrong. Must also have a waistcoat (covering up waist is a necessity of uniform) or cummerbund.
    – White Tom Ford – Not a black-tie suit. Just a random suit where he is wearing a black tie. This isn’t evening wear in any shape.
    – Tom Ford navy – Blazer = acceptable, different. Those trouser and shoes have no place. Again, you will be a laughing stock at any respectable event.
    – Russell, Wyclef, Usher. Who is wearing a dinner suit her?
    Russell is wearing grey with red shirt and a cap. Not a Dinner suit
    Wyclef is close, but is wearing studs and a regular tie. Not black tie
    Usher has a leather collar inside his lapel and hasn’t worn a tie or tucked his shirt in. Not even close.
    – One Direction – NONE of them are wearing a dinner suit. They are MORNING suits.
    – Adrien Brody. Not wearing black tie; where’s the bow-tie, the waistcoat? (here is black tie on Brody. IMMACULATELY –

    I really can’t believe you’ve made such a mess of this. Uniqueness is supposed to come about in the finer details. The cut of your suit, the cufflinks (which are unique, not “quirky”).

    Your inability to differentiate between morning suits with a bow tie/peak lapel and the real dinner suit is incredible, since I have spotted 4 beautiful black-tie outfits in your post.


  2. Nick

    Gosh, so judgemental SL! This article is headed ” Dinner suits” not Black Tie Events. I’m all for a bit of individuality. White is a big no-no for me. I think it’s always a tad vulgar, but other variations are fun and stylish. Chill!

    • Sharper Living

      The “Dinner Jacket” is what the English call the Tuxedo.

      Edit: Therefore, the “suit” is the dinner jacket and trousers together.

      • Sharper Living

        Somebody liked this comment, so I got a notification.

        My original post has been deleted. Now I just look mental.

  3. John Davis Cox

    Music industry and Hollywood celebrities are the last people we should look to for examples of formal/semi formal wear. This article is “off” on just about every point.

  4. solitarymagic

    I really like the Edgy evening wear ….. where can I purchase it? My boyfriend and I are having a goth wedding and can’t find anything !!!

  5. PS1

    All of these options are ridiculous.
    The traditional tuxedo/dinner suit has prevailed for so long precisely because of its simplicity, “uniformity”, etc. If a man wants to make himself stand out, he’d do well to choose an interesting stud set, handkerchief or over-the-calf socks . Of course, no images of the great men of style(Duke Ellington, Duke of Windsor, Gianni Agnelli, et al)are presented in this article, to show black tie worn correctly…and dashingly.
    No offense to the gentlemen pictured above, but, they all look as if their fathers weren’t around to show them “the ropes”, when it comes to men’s style.
    At any rate, I really hope that none of your readers take your words to heart.
    Men don’t want to dress as if they were on a Mardi Gras/Pride float.

    Here are a few examples of how black and white tie are supposed to look, with panache:
    Duke Ellington-White Tie
    Duke Ellington-White Jacket
    Humphrey Bogart
    Duke of Windsor-Velvet Dinner Jacket, with Shawl Collar
    Gianni Agnelli-Midnight Blue Tuxedo, with Shawl Collar
    Josephine Baker
    Marlene Dietrich

  6. Lisa Simeone

    Some of these are gorgeous and some are silly (Adrien Brody’s). Unlike commenter PS1, I’m all for a little individuality as long as it’s still elegant.


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