Black Tie – The Overcoat

You still need to look the part when you arrive and leave, so no Parkas, trench coats, anoraks or other casual coats.

The Chesterfield is the traditional formal overcoat, but other dressy long overcoats in a dark colour are acceptable. The formal scarf is white silk with tassels.

Oliver Sweeney has a simple but high-quality navy pure cashmere Chesterfield coat (no velvet collar) named the Enfield after the vintage motorcycle. Price £795 (December 2010).

Udeshi has a more flamboyant overcoat, again in the Chesterfield style. The Astrakan coat was inspired by a coat worn by a prominent 1960s “gentleman” gangster, and the collar and lapels are covered in astrakan (Persian lamb) imitation. The coat is cut with a fly front and unusually double vents – which allows more comfort and easier access to the back trouser pocket. Price £1475 (December 2010).

Remember, Black tie events are where you guys can look suave and sophisticated in monochrome – leave the glitz and colour to us ladies: dressed in the right attire you don’t need it.

Pictured top: Ede & Ravenscroft tuxedo and bow tie with overcoat and silk scarf, ­

Oliver Sweeney Enfield coat
Udeshi Astrakan coat

Here’s our Guide to Black Tie series to help you create the ultimate outfit – click the links below:

The Dinner Suit

The Dress Shirt & Cufflinks

The Bow Tie

The Shoes (& Socks)

The Accessories

The Overcoat


Karen Grace is a Personal Shopper & Image Consultant for and fashion writer for

She studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is a registered affiliate member of the Federation of Image Professionals International.

For personal shopping and styling services you can reach her via frumpy to funky on  [email protected] and
07787 800 390


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