If you didn’t catch my tweets and instragrams during the recent Oscars…here is a good refresher on what to wear when an invitation states “forma wear or black tie required or requested”.
This blog will focus on what not to wear! Sorry John…but you just blew it this year…and not for forgetting the name of the singer you were to announce…that can happen to anyone…but for not showing proper respect at this event by wearing a black jacket, black shirt, and black tie!
I think GQ’s Glenn O’Brien…the “Style Guy”…did a great job in his column in explaining the propriety of a white shirt for a formal event:
In my words, “black tie” or “formal attire” means that any/all individuals who are getting recognized for their contributions to a cause/industry/etc. or getting married…may wear whatever FORMAL clothing they choose…for example, they may wear a white dinner jacket (as Best Actor and Supporting Actors, McConaughey and Leto did so eloquently as this year’s Oscars), white tie (as many grooms do at their weddings), or a funky colored formal jacket…as some winners at the Oscars chose. In other words, to allow the nominee or honored guest to revel in being the “peacock” at this event, all other men are to look like penguins…simple concept…one would think…
John Travolta certainly has enough experience with the Academy and life to have known proper etiquette. I realize that at his age (aka my age), one can forget things…but there really is no excuse for John’s lapse in judgement this year.
Hope this helps as you navigate the “formal attire” required gauntlet!