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Formal Wear Style Advice

The Rules of Suit Buttons

There are some confusing snippets of information out there for men around buttoning your suit. It might be your dad, or a friend at college that passes on their peals of wisdom. No doubt they are contradicting each other and leaving you confused. Here at A Gentleman’s Row we want to lay out the ground rules for …

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Accessories Formal Wear

What Is A Cummerbund

Normally associated with 80’s weddings or bad prom outfits, and not to be mistaken with British actor, Benedict Cumberbatch. The cummerbund (not “cumberband”), is a men’s accessory not looked on favourably in the style stakes. When is it worn? The cummerbund is a black tie dress code mainstay, and harks back to the original rules …

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Formal Wear Style Advice

Bespoke vs Made To Measure

I have seen a lot of brands and department stores releasing made to measure services over the last year and it got me thinking whether men know the difference between this and bespoke tailoring. As a massive advocate for English heritage and the businesses of Savile Row in particular I thought it important for education …

james bond smoking wearing a tuxedo
Formal Wear Style Advice

When To Wear A Tuxedo

Men have the habit of buying a tuxedo, normally for a special event and never wearing it again. A great tux can be a thing of beauty and now it sits gathering dust in the closet. Before investing in a tuxedo, weigh up your options as to how often it will get worn. It is not something …

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