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But Dean wore black tie almost daily, so he mixed a little variety in, especially on his variety show. I'm sure at important events he was more classic in his look. When I have a variety show I'm going to break some rules too.
The moral is, don't travel in circles.
I agree that the best scenario is to buy a matching coat and pants. Saying that, you can get by with separate pieces if you take some care. I have bought all my black tie supplies on Ebay. I have two different coats and a couple pairs of pants, and I've had pieces that have since been discarded. I only have black, never tried with midnight blue. If you go for standard material, not the superfine materials, and the material is close to the same weight, you can get a very...
archetypal_yuppie Why are you such an angry person? You are doing the same thing that you are complaining about, you are sounding self righteous. I will say I am one who wears shawl lapel and peak lapel tuxedos, I have one of each. I will not wear notch lapel, flap pocket, with no waist covering because that is what my suits look like and my semi-formal wear should look a step above what I normally wear. I do not criticize people I see wearing what I won't, that is...
I have no problem with things that are classic. I dislike the idea of "new" being a virtue in and of itself. So many people like new styles, and new music, and new everything simply because it is new. In the 60's and 70's tradition somehow became something bad. I wear a traditional tuxedo because it is timeless. My suits are influenced by the styles of 80 years ago. Music and movies I like the most are 80 years old. I drink classic cocktails. Black tie fully developed in...
In answer to your question, I think a white waistcoat is perfectly fine. There are some people who say a white waistcoat should only be worn with white tie. I humbly disagree with them. I have seen numerous examples of it being worn with black tie in the thirties. Since then it has been mostly superseded by the black waist coat. But it does keep the black and white color scheme and I think it looks much better than the various prints some men try to get away with.
On the subject of wearing white tie for things such as New Years Eve I have a little different perspective. Though a couple guys showed more flexibility most of the comments seem to view WT as strictly a serious, wear only to events that it is the specified dress code kind of outfit. If we go by today's expectations a business suit is worn for most formal occasions and anything more formal is almost extinct. If we pick the way things were at some time in the past to...
Yes, the peaks sticking up like horns distracts from the shoulder lines. It draws too much attention.
The local orchestra has five concerts every year and I wear black tie to as many as I can get to. No one else dresses up nearly as nice but I get lots of compliments.
Not wearing a cummerbund is just what the purveyors of fashion are pushing now. Fashion is simply what self proclaimed experts tell you is the new thing. Style is timeless. Yes a cummerbund is not "necessary", but a tuxedo is not "necessary" either. We can all wear white jumpsuits everyday as the sci fi movies predicted. I wear a tux to feel special when I go out. All the unique details I like because they make the outfit different than the regular suits I wear. Even...
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