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White tie, also known as full dress, evening dress, or more colloquially top hat and tails, is the most formal evening dress code, and is only used on extremely ceremonious occasions. The rules for white tie are rigid, mainly consisting of a starched wing-collared shirt, a white vest, white bow tie, and a black tailcoat. It's really worth making the effort to conform to these rules if you're lucky enough to be invited to a white tie event, because you'll never look more suave, elegant and refined.
The white tie dress code originated in the English Regency Era of the 1800s and has hardly changed at all since then. Although it's only used now for really sumptuous events such as state dinners, meeting with royalty, and very formal balls and weddings, it seems to have been regaining popularity in recent times. You don't have anything like the leeway you would at a black tie event, but fortunately we've got you covered to make sure you tick all the boxes correctly in your quest for the ultimate in sartorial elegance.
In the right full evening dress attire, you'll cut a dash in a style you'll want to become accustomed to, and enjoy every minute of your evening. Make sure to have your photograph taken!