What to wear to a gala

If you want to know what to wear to a gala read the tips on this page. On this page we advise you on how to dress for a gala for men. We also show pictures of outfit ideas. Find the inspiration you need with these tips on gala party attire and you will surely make a good impression!

How to dress for a gala

A gala is a formal party. Usually the dress code for a gala is black tie. On some ultra formal galas the dress code can also be white tie but in these cases it is written on the invitation. 

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  • Black tie as a dress code means that you should wear a tuxedo. This is a two piece black or midnight blue suit (with a one button placket). The front and the back are the same length with silk or satin lapels (collar). Traditionally a tuxedo is made of black wool.
  • Wear a black tie.
  • Under your tuxedo you can choose to wear a tuxedo vest or a cumberbund. Of these two the tuxedo vest is the most worn. A cumberbund is sometimes worn on very chic black tie events.
  • Wear a white 'tuxedo'shirt under your tuxedo. This shirt should traditionally have  a regular collar, a double cuff / manchet and a blind plug.  The front of the shirt has to be pleated. The collar should be a winged standing or a foldover. 
  • The trousers of a tuxedo usually have satin pipings (gallons) to the side seams on both sides of the trousers.
  • The kind of shoes that are worn under a tuxedo are usually black leather shoes. In most cases polished or patent leather Oxfords are worn.
  • Combine your shoes with long black woolen or silk socks.
  • Don't wear a watch. This is not seen as an appropriate accessory on a gala party, with black tie or white tie as dress codes. 
  • Don’t wear any other accessories.
  • At some outdoor galas in the summer a light suit is also accepted. This of course doesn't count if black tie or white tie is the required dress code given on the invitation.

Examples of gala outfit ideas

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