At a glance, it looks as though you’ve got it easy when it comes to black tie attire: all the guesswork of what to wear is non-existent, everyone expects you to turn up in the same outfit as everyone else and you get to wear it over and over again!

Plus, black tie attire is going to make you look ‘smokin’ ‘ – no matter what body shape you are.

But smoking hot can turn in to a damp squib if you don’t follow a few simple sartorial rules.

Here’s our Guide to Black Tie series to help you create the ultimate outfit – click the links below:

The Dinner Suit

The Dress Shirt & Cufflinks

The Bow Tie

The Shoes (& Socks)

The Accessories

The Overcoat

Pictured: Moss Bros Hire available at Moss. For stockist enquiries call 0207 447 7200.

Karen Grace is a Personal Shopper & Image Consultant for and fashion writer for

She studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is a registered affiliate member of the Federation of Image Professionals International.

For personal shopping and styling services you can reach her via frumpy to funky on  [email protected]and
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