What is a cummerbund for?
Generally worn with a dinner suit, a cummerbund is a band of pleated material, often silk worn around the waist. It is worn for appearance only and was first used by high ranking British army officers.
However, the traditional cummerbund can look less like a cummerbund and more like an accessory:
Gucci and John Galliano have added cummerbunds to their clothing lines. In order to update the look, take the cummerbund out of the context of formal wear and into a causal chic look. When David Beckham wore the look, he chose to forego the tie and unbutton the shirt. It was a winning look.If you decide to add a cummerbund to your outfit, pleats facing up please!