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It is often the little things that make life exciting and wonderful. This cliché also holds true when describing a cummerbund. A tuxedo wouldn’t be an elegant semi-formal dinner jacket without this piece of clothing. It is a reminder of a flattering remark to the classy silhouette of tuxedo.
The cummerbund is a pleated, sash-like band and a ribbon on both ends used for tying. It originated in the colonial India when British military officers used them as a substitute for waistcoats. The word cummerbund came from a Persian tongue with Arabic origin; kamar which means waist and band is verb that means to enclose. The pleated front is typically worn facing upward, creating an impression overlapping fabrics. This design is practical during those days because the overlapping areas can hold small items.
The renaissance of these waist sashes, contrary to its vest counterpart, changed the way men dress up according to his personal taste. They are now available in different designs and styles which has been the preferred choice of men who want to stand out in the crowd. The cummerbund is also an alternative from a morning coat or a vest since creates an effect of making you look taller.
Nowadays, this waist sash is commonly worn during semi-formal events. It adds up flair and flash to the tuxedo outfit. The waist sash is available in different colors. For events such as a prom or wedding, it is highly recommended that the color of the cummerbund must go along with the color of your date’s dress, or the motif of the wedding. The harmonious blending of the waist sash and your partner’s dress creates a “match in heaven” aura.