The evening tail suit is the king of formal wear: timeless, male, precious – the official attire for very formal occasions.
Rule of thumb: The evening tailcoat is best worn after 3 pm or even better after nightfall. If the invitation says “White Tie” you are requested to wear an evening tailcoat, e.g. at very elegant weddings, balls, festive premieres, state banquets or receptions of European Royal Families.
When you wear your evening tail suit you should observe some rules of styling and matching of all parts of your evening dress. The classic tail coat is complemented with a white, very low-cut piqué waistcoat, a matching white full dress shirt with a stiffened piqué front as well as a white piqué bowtie. The look gets perfect with classic, black patent leather shoes. The highlight of the attire is the top hat. The top hat is the appropriate headdress for very formal occasions – together with the evening tail suit. It mostly is collapsible (French: Chapeau Claque). It has become fashionable already in the first half of the 19th century.