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The Cummerbund is first worn by military officials in British India, the cummerbund was adopted in place of a waistcoat as a solution to the oppressive summer heat experienced in the colonial territory.

The cummerbund provides a convenient way to hide your untidy trouser waistband and brace-ends in the absence of a waistcoat, and traditionally incorporated a ‘ticket stub’ pocket within the pleats. It should always be worn with the pleats facing upwards.

Many men have now abandoned the cummerbund altogether, but for a particularly crisp finish; we suggest opting for a silk cummerbund to match your bow tie and lapels. This matte-finish silk lends a more considered touch to black tie than standard lustrous satin

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