Post # 1
My fiance and I dislike the look of vests, but he is wearing an ascot for our wedding…is it necessary to wear a vest with an ascot? My concern is what it will look like if he takes his jacket off at the reception.
Post # 3
Ascots come in two varieties. The informal and the formal variety.
Informal, is the type that gets usually worn with an open neck shirt, and matched up with a Dinner Jacket (aka Smoking Jacket style)
PHOTO – one kind of ascot, for more styling tips on this more casual type of neckwear, take a look at this website (ascot can be worn inside the neck of the shirt as shown, or outside under the collar) = http://www.catchgaviola.com/2011/11/ascot-tie-why-not.html
This type of ascot can be worn with our without a jacket or vest.
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And then there is the Dress Ascot, that normally accompanies Daytime Formal Wear (Morning Dresswear / Morning Suit) which is worn before 6 PM, or sundown (whichever comes first). This type of formal wear is avaialble for rent from a Tuxedo shop.
Morning Dress has the option of being accompanied by a Formal Dress Ascot (shown above) or with a 4-in-the-hand tie.
Morning Dress includes a Vest as a requirement (a regular tuxedo has the option of either a Vest or a Cummerbund).
For more info see this Webpage on Formal Morning Dress = http://www.blacktieguide.com/Supplemental/Morning_Dress.htm
For more info on men’s formal wear options, I suggest the aforementioned website, that covers everything you need to know
Black Tie Guide = http://www.blacktieguide.com
Hope this helps,
PS… When it comes to men dressing properly for Dinner… the rule of thumb is that a man will dress up for Cocktails, Wear his complete look thru Dinner, and then after Dinner… all bets are off (and usually the Jackets & Ties etc)