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Working the Cummerband

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  1. What is a Cummerband? Its origin?

A cummerband  is a broad sash tied to the waist on a tuxedo or single breasted dinner jackets, usually pleated. The word literally means “waist-band”.  This accessory which is now so important, especially in black tie events, had been first adopted by the British from the colourful sashes that Indian royalty  and commoners alike wore over their garb; as they replaced the waistcoat in favour of a cummerbund to reduce articles of clothing to be worn for formal events. Also used for practical purposes at the time to tuck ticket stubs in their pleats, or ‘use it to catch stray crumbs while eating- I kid you not!- this has now become an important part of the mens formal attire. Want to ditch the waistcoat and still look fit and lean? Wear a Cummerband.

3)Purpose of  a cummerband-

Purpose is to cover the waist and gives the impression of longer legs, making you look leaner.  It is also important to cover the waistband where awkward shirt bunching often occurs incase you skip on wearing a vest.

4) How do you wear it?

It is meant to be worn with pleats facing upwards because cummerbunds are waist coverings, they should be worn at the natural waist.  This means that the trousers should be worn around the level of the navel, and half the cummerbund should cover the shirt, and the other half the trousers.  Wearing a cummerbund too high or too low can ruin the aesthetic effect.  Lastly, and possibly this goes without saying, a cummerbund should always be paired with a bow tie, preferably one in a matching fabric. (MOSTLY SILK OR SATIN)

5) When do you wear it?

At weddings, formal black or white tie events. This is to be worn only with a tuxedo. There are many schools of thoughts with regards to how one should wear it but the classical view is that the cummerbund itself may not match the tie (the tie is meant to match the trousers), and should be worn in the limited range of colours permissible with ‘black tie’; black, midnight blue, maroon, and red. The colour white is worn (for white-tie events, to be worn with a white tux jacket) or in the summer with your dinner jacket (it needs to be white though), but if you want only one colour, black is the only one you need.

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