Men’s Clothing: Cummerbund vs. Waistcoat

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Black Tie: Cummerbund Vs. Waistcoat

When it comes to black tie events, some men find it difficult in choosing one of the above. Since one of the most important rules for black tie is ‘cover your waist’, wearing one of the two should be on your mind if you are going for a black tie event. This rule I think is pertinent to black tie because that is when a man should be striving to be the most elegant.

Cummerbund according to Wikipedia ‘is a broad waist sash, usually pleated, which is often worn with single-breasted dinner jackets (or tuxedos)’. It was first adopted by the British military officers in India as an alternative to waistcoat which later spread to civilian use. They are made of either silk or satin and are often worn at black tie events. The cummerbund can have a slimming effect as well as making you look taller.

Waistcoats just like the cummerbund should be worn with a single breasted suit and they come in ‘V’ shape or rare ‘U’ shape. It also gives a trimming effect if you get the fit right. All you need is to make it contour your body and closely fitted but still gives you room to breathe.

Wearing a cummerbund or waistcoat is all about personal preference and style. They look great when donned properly, so relax and ask your woman to help you choose the shirt, shoes, pocket square and bow tie.

Don’t forget the pleats are worn upward and you can never wear both.

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