A Formal Affair

Shining Rings
Make something as simple as a napkin extraordinary by adorning it with a jeweled ring. Add glamour to your tables by using black napkins along with the classic white ones. Platinum and Swarovski crystal imbedded napkin rings, $110-$145 for set of four, from L'objet, l-objet.com. Linen napkins, $21-$32, from Le Jacquard Français, 212-517-6300.

Did You know:
By traditional definitions, "formal" attire is synonymous with "white-tie," for which a man would wear a tailcoat with white shirt, tie and vest. But these days formalwear is understood to refer to black-tie dress, or the classic tuxedo, which is technically semiformal.


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