The foundation is Oxford plain toe by Ferragamo, polished to perfection, lightly used or brand new; of course everything else must be immaculate, but a man must have the proper shoes — his suit tailored with precision, winged collar white shirt new, starched and ironed. He must choose from a selection of top fragrances for the evening and conduct himself as a true gentleman. He must look elegant along with the woman that will be accompanying him, for a black tie event is where they will be heading. He can have a full beard, but it must be properly groomed and trimmed; sometimes, gentlemen of exquisite tastes prefer the five o’ clock shadow, but the style of facial hair is always optional as long as it goes well with attire that is formal. Bulky wallets must be left at home; a money clip will be more appropriate for the evening, solid gold. A full length formal double–breasted wool peacoat can be worn also, but is usually left at home unless the weather is significantly cold — a formal event is always better when there is a gracious host.
For a black tie formal, gaudy jewelry is unnecessary, and if worn, it can be seen as over-the-top and tacky. A nice gold watch and a wedding band will be enough for a man if he’s married; a lady with her hair pulled up adorned in a pair of diamond earrings sparkling, is always a thing of beauty. A man can drink at the event, but not excessively — the worst thing would be to embarrass himself and his lady in a room full of associates and colleagues. At the end of the formal event, if his brand of fragrance has kept its scent then he will know that his choice of eau de parfum is quality. If his date agrees, they can change and head out to an after hours spot to party, or go to a popular café for New York cheesecake and Irish coffee.