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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 Since then it has been mostly superseded by the black waist coat.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...
I think the "blacker than black" idea came about soon after incandescent lighting became common. That lighting has a reddish color cast which would give black an off color but would mix with midnight blue to give a black appearance. So for quite a number of years that was good advice. Today there is such a variety of lighting sources with various color temperatures that the theory can't be relied on. Now laws are making us all change to fluorescent bulbs which have...
I remember seeing pictures from the early 60's of white shirts with very small ruffles, two rows spaced out on either side. Not something I would wear but with an otherwise traditional tux it might be interesting, as long as you weren't wearing it to a very traditional event. And you have to be ready to be noticed.
I looked at the pictures for the Sinatra Soiree. This is a Sinatra themed party and the event listing states Vintage Dress. While few men tried to dress in anything resembling black tie, which is what Sinatra would have worn to an evening party, what is sad is that most men aren't even wearing a tie. I guess they figured putting on a sport coat was sacrifice enough. I thought D.C. was a bit more formal that other parts of the country.
There has been an evolution in formal attire from colorful court dress, to white tie, to black tie, and now apparently to the business suit. There is a line of thought that not only is this inevitable but that the older styles of formal dress should become obsolete as the next informal style becomes considered formal. I don't subscribe to that philosophy. I think business suits should be worn at work more during the day, casual every days don't work for me. I think men...
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