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Evening wear hire for black tie events and balls

Gray Palmer boasts a comprehensive collection of men's hire wear for all occasions. Split into four sections: Morning wear to be worn at weddings; Evening wear to be worn at black tie events and balls; Highland wear which can be worn at either event; and an extensive collection of Waistcoats that will complement any outfit.

Visit our shop in Saffron Walden and you will receive individual attention and professional advice from our highly experienced team of outfitters. Alternatively, get the ball rolling by completing our hire enquiry form to send us your requirements and size details in the event that you are unable to visit our shop prior to your function date. 

For all enquiries please call us on 01799 522159 or email

Single breasted dinner jacket, black with pleated or slim fit trousers with satin detail. Also available in boys’ sizes. £75.00


Single breasted slim fit dinner jacket black with slim fit trousers. From £75.00.


White tuxedo with black pleated or slim fit trousers.


Black scoop neck waistcoat which is commonly worn with a dinner suit. £30.00


The 'Black Tie' Dinner Suit

The ‘black tie’ dinner suit is likely to be the only element of dress wear that the average gentleman owns rather than hire. The dinner jacket is also known to the French, Germans and Italians as the smoking jacket, both these names reflect the jacket’s early uses. To the Americans, it is known as the tuxedo. An evening version of the lounge suit – the dress lounge – was introduced in the 1880’s, this was made of the same black material as the tailcoat and had a roll collar with a satin lapel. It was the Victorian gentleman’s answer to less formal attire when relaxing at his club or country house weekends.

There are many different ideas of when the dress lounge became the dinner suit. In England, the credit goes to the future Edward VII, the Prince of Wales, for wearing one in Monte Carlo after growing tired of wearing stiff starch attire at the gaming tables. In America, it was tobacco tycoon Griswold Lorillard who in October 1886 bravely attended Tuxedo Park Club Autumn Ball outside New York wearing a short black jacket rather than tails. The initial shock was over turned when fellow members went to the tailors and ordered similar jackets.


We have a wide variety of bow ties and handkerchiefs, all have matching cummerbunds.


Buy it now!

We carefully source selected items from our menswear range for purchase online. Or to ensure the perfect fit, come and see one of our fitters in our shop in Saffron Walden.

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