White tie (or full dress, evening dress, full evening dress; slang top hat and tails or white tie and tails, tailsuit, tails) is the most formal evening dress code in Western fashion. It is worn to ceremonial occasions such as state dinners in some countries, as well as to very formal balls and evening weddings. The chief components for men are the black dress coat commonly known as an evening tailcoat, white bow tie, white waistcoat and starched wing collar shirt, while women wear a suitable dress for the occasion, such as an evening gown.
As evening dress, white tie is traditionally considered correct only after 6 p.m. although some etiquette authorities allow for it anytime after dark even if that means prior to 6 p.m. (though there are some exceptions.) The equivalent formal attire for daytime events is called morning dress. The semi-formal evening counterpart of white tie is black tie.
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... In Afro-Latin American communities, white is the norm ... Black tie - dashiki suit, Senegalese kaftan, or grand boubou ... A dashiki suit is perfectly suitable for any black tie event ...
... Tradition holds that full dress with white tie, be worn under the gown, although in recent years, this is rarely observed among students ... were worn open, this meant that black tailcoats and white ties were worn under the gown ... It is also similar, but not the same, as formal white tie dress ...
... White ties were historically worn by clerics and in the professions that formerly were filled by priests and minor clerics ... The head boy at Harrow School has the distinction of wearing full white tie on Sundays and formal events the School Captain of Whitgift School 'and his deputies ... White ties are not usually worn with military mess dress, where black ties are most often worn even with the most formal variants, though there are exceptions ...
... Dinner dress uniforms, blue and white, are modifications of service dress blue or service dress white uniforms, with the service ribbons and breast insignia replaced by miniature ... officers wear an evening shirt and black bow tie with dinner dress blue ... Dinner dress blue jacket and dinner dress white jacket consist of a black waist-length jacket with gold buttons (officer) or silver buttons (petty officer first class and below) ...
... There are formal day shirts for wearing with morning dress, and the white dress shirts used as eveningwear ... A day dress shirt is fairly similar to a normal shirt, and is usually white, with a stiff detachable collar, though other designs, such as a vertical blue stripe, are also appropriate ... for wear with eveningwear, for example as part of black or white tie has some unique features ...
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“Let not the tie be mercenary, though the service is measured in money. Make yourself necessary to somebody. Do not make life hard to any.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
“Through throats where many rivers meet, the curlews cry,
Under the conceiving moon, on the high chalk hill,
And there this night I walk in the white giants thigh
Where barrren as boulders women lie longing still
To labour and love though they lay down long ago.”
—Dylan Thomas (19141953)