How to avoid a black tie disaster

How to avoid a black tie disaster

Buttons missing, cobwebs need dusting off and too tight. What am I talking about? The dinner suit!
This week has been comical to say the least. Why do Men leave sorting their dinner suit until the last minute?

A customer rushing in because he’s been invited to his Oxford reunion last minute and wasn’t sure if he really wanted to go. He waited patiently as I stitched and pressed his trousers to the correct length. Upon closing I noticed that he had left his shirts on one of my mannequins. I called him but he was half way to Cambridge and would have to buy a new shirt there if he had the time.

Maybe he really didn’t want to go. I’ll have to find out how it all went…

Another customer had booked a dinner suit from somewhere else but it was a disaster, so he came to us to get a new jacket for the occasion.

The moral of the story is this: You guys leave it to the last minute and even though I love the comedy that occurs in these moments, I can help you be more prepared for future occasions.

Invites can come last minute. So what can you do to get yourself dinner suit ready?

  • Check your dinner suit as soon as you get the invite and try it on. Does it fit, does it look like a suit from the Adams family or is it ok?
  • If not, book to hire one straight away. Trouser hems may need to be taken up and on busy days, this can be tricky. Try and get in 2-3 days before
  • Buy a fresh, new black tie ready to wear suit with generous seam allowance, so that it adjusts accordingly to your changing weight
  • Don’t have a white dinner shirt? A double cuffed, white shirt is completely acceptable
  • Make sure your shoes at polished and your good to go!

Here are some other choices for you to consider:

  • We offer two choices of black, ready to wear dinner suits with a notch and shawl lapels for £795, including alterations.
  • Our made to measure dinner suits start from £950

See you soon,


PS: My customer made it to his Oxford reunion and was super happy he got there in the end.