Injecting The Fun Back Into Black Tie With Luciano Shirts

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Black tie is often quite boring. Sure, it’s the most glamorous of dress codes usually reserved for only the fanciest of events, but everyone sort of looks the same. Walk into the room of a black tie evening and you’ll witness a monochromatic sea of people wearing the same black and white penguin suits. Some will be cut better than others, but most people will look like carbon copies of each other. Black suit, white shirt, black bow tie, black shoes, repeat.

A Unique Personality

This is where Luciano Shirts come in. The Swiss brand wasn’t content with producing the same old white evening shirts, so it broke the mould – injecting its own form of unique personality into its designs. But Luciano begins with quality. All its shirts are made entirely in Italy from the finest cotton fabrics, in the same manner you’d expect from the most established shirtmakers. Each one is cut in a classic, tailored fit designed to shape the body rather than hug it, and you’ll find traditional details including a modest forward point collar, double cuffs perfect for attaching your favourite cufflinks to, and a traditional pique bib front. Yet this is where the classic details end.

Bold And Unapologetic

All of Luciano’s shirts feature a bold, unapologetic print in loud colours, featured basically everywhere other than the pique bib. That means, with a jacket on you’d think the wearer is sporting a plain white shirt. Take it off however and the look is transformed, revealing one of Luciano’s unique all-over prints.

There’s the Cordoba print – a medley of bright blue, pink and orange flowers set against a deep navy background; the Lucky Pig print – a simple repeating image of a pig’s silhouette; and the Casablanca – a sartorial take on classic still life paintings with its bright array of intertwined fruit.

Daring And Eclectic

The results are daring and eclectic, and will undoubtedly transform the tried-and-tested dinner suit into a true statement. If you fancy trying one for yourself, the trick is to wear these shirts as you would a regular white evening shirt – that is under a black or midnight blue tuxedo.

The shirts are the focal point of the look and therefore need the rest of the outfit to be relatively refined and toned down. Go for an equally garish, patterned evening suit and it’ll be way too much. Keep things muted though, and you’ll fool everyone into thinking you’re dressed the same as they are. But once the evening gets to a certain point (and you’ve suitably inebriated yourself with a few cocktails), take off your jacket and reveal the splendour that’s underneath.

Panache And Confidence

That’s the thing with Luciano shirts; they’re not for everyone. But for those with panache and the right amount of confidence, there are few shirts that pack as much of a punch. Pick up one of the brand’s shirts, whether it’s the Cordoba, Lucky Pig or Casablanca, and Black tie will never be boring again.

One final point, Luciano shirts are releasing a new collection on December 15th, 2021 – something to check back for. We are certainly excited to see the brands’ next steps.

Charlie Thomas

Charlie Thomas is a writer and photographer, contributing to publications including The Independent, The Times, The Rake and Black + White Photography magazine. His photography has been exhibited by Photofusion, Central Saint Martins and Photo Co-Op.