The traditional gala dinner is a popular way for businesses and organisations to celebrate a big event or achievement. It can take a variety of different forms, but usually includes a sit down meal, live entertainment, and a formal dress code. As most gala dinners are quite fancy affairs, male guests are expected to attend in their finest garments.
So, if you have an invitation to an upcoming gala dinner, it is time to dig out your favourite tie and send your three piece suit to the dry cleaners. You should be aiming to present the best version of yourself; professional, organised, and influential. Although, it is useful to gather as much information about the event as possible, so that you know how formal to take things.
This quick fire guide to the best dress code for gala dinners will help you step out looking stylish and well presented.
The majority of gala dinners are classed as ‘black tie’ events, so organises do expect male guests to wear either a tuxedo or a three piece suit. This should be in a dark colour like black or navy blue and paired with a formal tie or a cravat. It is up to you whether you opt for a single or a double breasted jacket; both are usually acceptable. A cummerbund may also be worn, but it is rare for such an accessory to be mandatory.
When attending gala dinners, male guests should finish off their look with a high quality tie, bow tie, or cravat. The best bow tie options are the butterfly, the thistle, the bat wing, and any kind of pointed design. There is no distinction made between the styles, so you could wear any of these to a black tie event. The important thing is to pick out one which perfectly matches your suit and this is the same for regular ties as well. Cravats are a little more flamboyant, so pick a pattern that you really like and then focus on wearing it correctly.
It goes without question that trainers, pumps, slip on shoes, and boots are not acceptable. Your footwear should be black (or very dark blue/grey) and clean and shiny. Generally, men tend to wear leather shoes to gala dinners, because they are considered to be the fanciest choice. For instance, Oxford shoes are a common sight at black tie events and galas of this kind. They are traditional, but they also make it clear that the wearer is stylish and informed about current trends.
by: Antony Hampel