About a third of the men at the San Francisco Symphony's New Year's Eve Gala were wearing evening clothes the other night, and to my eye too many of them had forgotten one of the basic principles of dress. And that is the one about accessories.
You see, it's a waste of budget to acquire any item of tailored clothing unless it's going to be properly accessorized. Elegant accessories can make an inexpensive garment look good, but the best tailored clothing will often leave a poor impression when the accompaniments are not up to par.
Shoes were the most obvious shortfall. Imagine my dismay at the sight of dinner jackets worn with brass buckled kiltie loafers. Indeed, no more than half the evening clothes in sight were accompanied by well polished black oxfords and they are the minimum standard for that dress.
Men who care that they are properly attired should own a complete set of accompaniments for black tie before taking that show on the road. If the kit is missing a piece or two, wear something less formal but complete.
It's a basic principle.