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post #16 of 39
Normally shoes like these are worn with tuxedo's: But I can imagine as it's your highschool prom most of your friends won't understand why you would be wearing them. As far as shirts go, I think as long as the shirts is pleated or has a pique front you're probably OK. Over here, normally we don't have any buttons showing on the front of the shirt. I don't know what your size is, but this is a pretty nice shirt and not very expensive: Borrelli Tuxedo Shirt on Virtualclotheshorse.com On www.virtualclotheshorse.com there are also bowties and vests for sale btw.
post #17 of 39
Silk knots are acceptable, if not ideal (just my opinion). Given your time constraints I would think it best if you concentrated on the essentials, ie suit and shirt. Belts: you don't need any, you are going to wear braces/suspenders.
post #18 of 39
Thread Starter 
I'm going to go get fitted tonight. Just a couple questions on some small details: 1) Bowtie- The rental outlet will most likely only have pre-tied ones. I've never worn a bowtie before, but I feel that pre-tied ties are silly. Would you guys recommend going out and buying a bow tie for this night if the rental outlet does not have untied ones? 2) Vest- Do the number of buttons matter? I'm confused as to what the difference between 5 and 6 button vests is. 3) Pocket square- white silk? Thanks all.
post #19 of 39
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I'm going to go get fitted tonight. Just a couple questions on some small details: 1) Bowtie- The rental outlet will most likely only have pre-tied ones. I've never worn a bowtie before, but I feel that pre-tied ties are silly. Would you guys recommend going out and buying a bow tie for this night if the rental outlet does not have untied ones? 2) Vest- Do the number of buttons matter? I'm confused as to what the difference between 5 and 6 button vests is. 3) Pocket square- white silk? Thanks all.
1) I would, in that you are almost certainly going to wear black tie more than once in your life, so it won't be a waste. 2) That refers to how many buttons close the front of the vest.  A traditional formal vest has a very low buttoning point, and an open front, and only three buttons -- or six if double-breasted, but still a low front, because they are arranged like a keystone: *          *  *        *   *      * Leaving aside "rules" and traditions &c. (things I am personally very fond of), I think a 5 or 6 button SB vest does not look good with black tie.  It covers the shirt front and studs, and it makes the ensemble look too much like a suit. 3) I prefer white linen.  But white silk is fine.  Or offwhite (very light cream)
post #20 of 39
Scary...our new young member is cost conscientious
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Ken: I'm not poor, I just don't think it is very practical as a high school student who does not attend several black tie events a year to go out and buy a tuxedo.
Polite...
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EDIT: I forgot, but I was surprised at how quickly people responded to this. I applaud you all and thank you for the fast responses.
and prioritizes studies over less important things.
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I would go to a thrift store if I had time, but unforunately my prom happens to be the same day as the SATs, in roughly 3 weeks, and AP testing begins that same week, and I must spend much of my spare time studying for them. Perhaps next year...
Good heavens...What is youth coming to nowadays... (or are you some sort of freak?) Welcome aboard. PS: You might want to cancel your subscription to GQ...
post #21 of 39
Thread Starter 
To FIHTies: Thanks for the kind words. It really made my day . Btw, I don't have a subcription to GQ, I just read at the library (haha another frugal habit I have). I don't see the price of the magazine being justified by its content. But thanks again. To Manton: What is an SB vest? Also, do you think I would be able to find bow ties at Nordstrom?
post #22 of 39
Thread Starter 
To FIHTies: Thanks for the kind words. It really made my day . Btw, I don't have a subcription to GQ, I just read at the library (haha another frugal habit I have). I don't see the price of the magazine being justified by its content. But thanks again. To Manton: What is an SB vest? Also, do you think I would be able to find bow ties at Nordstrom?
post #23 of 39
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To FIHTies:   Thanks for the kind words. It really made my day   . Btw, I don't have a subcription to GQ, I just read at the library (haha another frugal habit I have). I don't see the price of the magazine being justified by its content. But thanks again. To Manton: What is an SB vest? Also, do you think I would be able to find bow ties at Nordstrom?
SB = Single Breasted
post #24 of 39
Thread Starter 
Well, I went to AfterHours at the mall tonight with my Mom (I felt that i would receive better service that way). Although i had my heart set on a Peak lapel one or two button, my Mom and I agreed that the Tommy Hilfiger (Yes I know his stuff isn't that great) one button notch lapel tuxedo looked a lot better than the two button peak lapel I was considering (AfterHours house brand). And so, I chose that tuxedo, rented shoes w/ square toes (not much else of a description given, but its only one night), black vest, black bow tie and point collar. I also bought a silk white pocket square from Nordstrom. Now, I have one final (I hope) question. 1. Braces/Suspenders- I don't think the rental outlet will provide these. Are they necessary? The vest would be covering them up anyways.
post #25 of 39
They are necessary if you don't want to have to pull your pants up a thousand times during the night. Unfortunately I don't think I've ever seen a rental tux with buttons for braces.
post #26 of 39
Thread Starter 
Oh that's not good. If this is true, no buttons for braces, that is, would a belt be acceptable? I mean it would be covered by the vest.
post #27 of 39
Well, there aren't going to be belt loops either. You'll have side tabs for adjustment, but they may or may not be sufficient.
post #28 of 39
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I'd wear a black cummerbund. Black is the only way to go when you want to do things right. I don't like a vest or a cummerbund, but the cummerbund is the lesser of two evils imho.
a cummerbund? Are you joking? He wants to spend the rest of the night in the back seat of his car, not in the bathroom stall getting his head shoved in a toilet.
post #29 of 39
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a cummerbund? Are you joking? He wants to spend the rest of the night in the back seat of his car, not in the bathroom stall getting his head shoved in a toilet.
Thank God someone else is a product of American Public Schools. Not even the band geeks at my school that formed a circle to sing/perform the Rocky Horror Picture show time travel song wore cummerbunds.
post #30 of 39
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a cummerbund? Are you joking? He wants to spend the rest of the night in the back seat of his car, not in the bathroom stall getting his head shoved in a toilet.
hehehe. good luck with the backseat thing kpphy. And im guessing from your handle, you were born in 1988. God, Im really getting old. *shudder*
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