Style Guide

Guide To Formal Wear: Charity Gala’s and Red Carpet Events

June 6, 2014

Ah, the mysteries of formal wear, to wear a tux or to not wear a tux, that is the question? Before we endeavour to answer that we have to ask a more pertinent question, what is the event?  The key to dressing successfully for any formal event is to identify the occasion, are you attending a high-profile charity gala, TIFF movie premiere, MMVA’s…? Each event comes with it’s own set of rules outlining what is acceptable and what isn’t and knowing those rules is key. Clearly the flexibility in what you’d wear to the MMVA’s is not the same as a black-tie charity dinner where your company has bought a $20,000 table. As such we’ve put together a modern style guide offering everything from a classic shawl-collar tuxedos to dinner jacket combos to help guide you on your style journey. These looks are guaranteed to keep you up to code not matter the formality of your event and remember, “you can never be too overdressed or overeducated” of any occasion.

Upcoming events:
  • Thrill Of Ascot supporting Best Buddies Charity June 7 at Woodbine Race Track 
  • Scrubs In The City in support of Sick Kids hospital present Soiree Under The Stars (Into The Night Dressed In White) June 10 at Evergreen Brick Works
  • MMVA’s June 16 at Much Music Headquarters
Photographer: Ishmil Waterman
Stylist: Sharad Mohan
Model: Carlton (Elmer Olsen)


Eidos Napoli Pindot Tuxedo Jacket: $1095 Amanda Christensen Silk Pocketsquare: $45 Dion Self-Tie Bow-Tie: $95


Gotstyle Private Label Dinner Jacket: $795 Duchamp London Art Deco Tuxedo Shirt: $270 Dion Self-Tie Bow-Tie: $95


Strellson Pylan Farrell 1-Button Tuxedo: $948 SAND Polka Dot Shirt: $250 Eidos Napoli Knit Tie: $150


SAND Star SJ Wallpaper Shawl Collar Blazer: $895


Moods Of Norway Paisley Brocade Blazer: $599


SAND Star Paisley Jacket: $695 SAND Iver N Floral Dot Shirt: $250