This being said, one should know that it is not easy to wear a tail-coat. Try to avoid the classic mistakes such as miss-matching accessory colours or poorly polished shoes. In addition to the fit sitting well, the most important thing involves a few simple rules and tips. The tail-coat blazer is always wool with silk lapels, and should not be buttoned up. The shirt has a collar with wings, simple cuffs with a hole for cuff links and a starched flat breast (not crinkled). The trousers are the most critical part. Here it's most important to think about fit, not too narrow, not too wide, "the right fit" basically. If you rent a tailcoat, which is most common, it is important to speak to the staff about this! If you turn up to the Nobel Prize Dinner in two sizes too large trousers, Magdalena Ribbing, Sweden's leading etiquette expert, will surely raise an eyebrow or two. Regarding shoes, only lacquered shoes are acceptable. In these lacquered shoes, you should wear knee-long silk socks.
“Try to avoid the classic mistakes such as miss-matching accessory colours or poorly polished shoes. In addition to the fit sitting well, the most important thing involves a few simple rules and tips. The trousers are the most critical part. Here it's most important to think about fit, not too narrow, not too wide, 'the right fit' basically.”
The fly is white and made of Polo wool. Ideally you tie it on your own as a so-called 'butterfly', and if you are interested in learning how to tie a butterfly, refer to our How-to website page. If this is not important to you, it's fine with a pre-tied fly. The vest is also white and made from Polo wool for the most formal events. The scarf is the perfect accessory to go with the outer coat. Remember, the scarf is to be taken off when you enter indoors.
The breast handkerchief is white and matches the vest and fly. Cuff links and shirt buttons are important as the last touch to your outfit. These accessories are the only way to express your own style. Remember, no car brands or similar on the cuff links, choose something simple and stylish. Here at Portia we make very fine bracelets, but for coat-tails we leave them at home with the watch.
Wearing a tuxedo comes with a special feeling and we at Portia think that every man should have at least one chance to wear a tuxedo. It’s said that news readers in the heyday of radio wore tuxedos to feel a sense of seriousness and authority. There are different ways to wear a tuxedo, here are some simple rules and tips. The tuxedo blazer is made of wool, has clad buttons and silk lapels which are either pointed, blunt or rounded. It is usually black but can also be blue or white. If you choose a blue blazer, the trousers should match. If you choose a white blazer, the trousers should be black. A white blazer is most often used outdoors during warmer weather, especially on boats.
The trousers are also wool and have silk stripes on the side. In recent times, tuxedo trousers are common without silk stripes on the side. One never wears a belt with a tuxedo that doesn't fit just right, black suspenders are the only choice. The shirt can have a winged collar or a classic collar. Double cuffs with space for cuff links.
It can have a crinkled or flat starched chest. The shirt is white. The shoes are black lacquered, a simple type with a formal lacing. The most correct thing to wear is a loafer with a rosette, the so-called Court shoes, and are for the daring. Socks are to be black, silk or wool, and three quarters long.
“The important thing here is which direction the fold of the cummerband should face. It should face upwards because in the past it was used to store things like money, tickets etc.”
The fly is black and made of silk, and should preferably be a bow tie which you tied on your own. If you are interested to learn how to tie a bow tie, refer to our website's how-to sections. It is of course also fine to use a pre-tied fly.
The cummerband is a matching black if you choose to wear it. This is completely optional and if you choose to wear a cummerband, you should not have suspenders. "The important thing here is which direction the fold of the cummerband should face. It should face upwards because in the past it was used to store money, tickets, etc. A storing solution which we at Portia think is smart, and that’s why we have sewn a small watch pocket in our cummerbands.
The handkerchief today, also called a hanky, is white and made of silk, and it can either be folded in a straight line or stick out as a small puff. Skip trying to fold it in a fancy way, keep it simple. With a tuxedo you can wear a sleek diving watch or a stylish silver watch. These are the rules for wearing a tuxedo, correctly and classically. Don't be afraid to break the rules to express your own style. Your tuxedo is there to customise (but always with respect). You may fancy a different colour for the accessories, a red cummerband and fly for example - so if you feel like it, then we say do it.
It’s the day when you first enter adulthood to work or continue studies. Perhaps it’s also the first time you buy and wear a suit. There are various dress codes regarding graduation, often depending on the school you go to. Here at Portia, we think that it's the accessories that really lift an outfit to new heights. The same suit can have two different looks depending on which accessories you select.
“Sprezzatura”= Italian fashion expression to dress elegantly but give the impression of thoughtlessness and nonchalance.
The Sprezzatura graduation (”Sprezzatura” = Italian fashion expression to dress elegantly but give the impression of thoughtlessness and nonchalance). An explosion of colours, but well-thought-out. The sportier guy who wants to be dressed up yet stay casual, this is the outfit for him. Cool patterns and brilliantly-coloured accessories make it provocative. For this look, you can choose to have trainers instead of fine leather shoes. Feel free to wear many bracelets and a stylish watch, here you don't need to worry about it all being too much.
The blue Graduation. Blue tones on blue tones is a favourite here at Portia, and always a safe choice. For the guy who wants to be a little more dressed up, this is the choice for him. An outfit that is stylish and simple. Black or brown leather shoes fit nicely. The scarf brightens it all up and creates intensity. A stylish watch and a few bracelets also fit well. Both ties and handkerchiefs are available from our very affordable and fine student packages that are available in many colours. The fly is a fine option instead of a tie.