I've looked to see if anything has been posted about this, and can't find it. My question is whether or not it was acceptable at some point for men to wear spats with black tie. I'm thinking particularly of the 1920's/early 1930's. I've seen a few pictures of musicians(!) of the day wearing gray spats with their tuxedoes, and I was even more suprised to see a movie poster for Douglas Fairbanks' 1930 film Reaching for the Moon, picturing him in a tuxedo and spats (although he didn't pair them in the movie), so I wondered if there was any legitimacy for such a thing. Or, was it rather "loud," and, as with white tie, breaks the "look" that formal wear creates? It was someone on here who disabused me of the notion that spats could be worn with white-tie, despite Fred Astaire, and I wouldn't mind being set straight on this as well. Thanks so much, in advance!