30 Mar '16, 3pm

A wristwatch with a tux: go, or no-go? Find out what the rules really are on HODINKEE

A wristwatch with a tux: go, or no-go? Find out what the rules really are on HODINKEE

So what does this all actually tell us? First, rules originating in the Edwardian era may not actually be much of a useful guide. You can't actually use precedent, beyond a certain point, to make a case for or against wearing a wristwatch with a dinner jacket or with white tie – for one thing, go back far enough and there weren't any wristwatches (except, of course, for watch bracelets on ladies). For another thing, rules change; nobody nowadays thinks that a dinner jacket should not be worn in the company of a lady, despite what was thought in the late 19th century. A third point is that while there probably is a case to be made for being pretty prescriptivist about white tie, in the case of black tie we're dealing with a semi-formal, and therefore arguably less rigid code. I'm not sure where the notion that you should never, ever wear a wristwatch with a dinner jacket ev...

Full article: http://www.hodinkee.com/articles/white-tie-black-tie-and-...

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