Thursday, 27 February 2014

The Tuxedo

-by Vikram Nanjappa for Stylefluid Trendz

The Tuxedo or the Dinner Jacket has made its appearance as a formal wear / black tie staple in India over the past few years. Previously one ran the risk of being mistaken for a member of the catering staff if one wore a Tuxedo in India. This is a welcome development for, as far as formal western wear is concerned, the Tuxedo is considered the epitome of formality. However we seem to have taken the Hollywood red carpet as our inspiration, which while certainly better than the Grammy red carpet, is not quite the right place to look for a classic piece of clothing. It is no surprise that we see a lot of downright howlers (Amitabh Bachchan  at Cannes) from India. A lack of understand seems to be the primary reason for these and it is time we took a good look at the Classic Black Tie look. Once we understand the classic we can contemporise it to our own individual tastes.