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post #16 of 23
I made it through 33 years of my life without ever needing a dinner suit. Over that time frame, I declined to attend maybe two or three events, largely because I absolutely refused to rent anything, ever. Finally just last month, I purchased a used Canali on Ebay for $250, on the assumption that a used DJ from one owner has seen a lot less action than a rental. I'll need to spend about $100 on alterations, maybe $150 for a shirt (probably Eton, since they have the best collar), plus bow tie ($125). I'm still trying to figure out vest versus cummberbund. I prefer the vest (the DJ is one button peaked lapel), but I don't want to have to get one made and I'm not sure where I can source a good vest off the rack. So I may end up with a cummerbund for simplicity's sake. In any case, the entire costume will end up costing me maybe $700, which isn't bad considering that renting a cheap, ill-fitting tux these days runs over $100. If I ever need a really special DJ, I'll ask Darren to make one for me in midnight blue.
post #17 of 23
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I made it through 33 years of my life without ever needing a dinner suit. Over that time frame, I declined to attend maybe two or three events, largely because I absolutely refused to rent anything, ever. Finally just last month, I purchased a used Canali on Ebay for $250, on the assumption that a used DJ from one owner has seen a lot less action than a rental. I'll need to spend about $100 on alterations, maybe $150 for a shirt (probably Eton, since they have the best collar), plus bow tie ($125). I'm still trying to figure out vest versus cummberbund. I prefer the vest (the DJ is one button peaked lapel), but I don't want to have to get one made and I'm not sure where I can source a good vest off the rack. So I may end up with a cummerbund for simplicity's sake. In any case, the entire costume will end up costing me maybe $700, which isn't bad considering that renting a cheap, ill-fitting tux these days runs over $100. If I ever need a really special DJ, I'll ask Darren to make one for me in midnight blue.
I found a T&A Tie and cummerbund 5 yrs ago for $15 each and still use them. Have also found RLPL dinner shirts at his outlets for nothing. Passed on a gorgeous rough silk one for $60 8 yrs ago that haunts me to this day. Have never seen a better OTR shirt. I digress, if you put in a little leg work, you can finish the look for less than $100.
post #18 of 23
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Is it true that 75 % of the members own at least one? Or are owners more likely to respond, thus biasing the survey?
Hey, even I own one (albeit a Costume National model that would get me pilloried in Manton's Utopia.) Draw your own conclusions.
post #19 of 23
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Is it a denim tuxedo you wear with sneakers?
post #20 of 23
I own one. After Six slim fitted, single breasted, single button, satin peak lapels. $40 from eBay in my size (38L), including shipping to the UK. From user tuxking, who comes highly recommended. Not had occasion to wear it formally but love wearing it with a pocket square, crisp white shirt (H&M/sale), very slightly distressed blue jeans (Helmut Lang/eBay) and smart trainers (Prada/eBay).
post #21 of 23
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Is it a denim tuxedo you wear with sneakers?
No, it's actually a classic New England model (i.e. with flap pockets and center vent - J. Press has been making such a model for over 50 years - my guess is that this is the "American Trad" version of the traditional ventless/besom welt pocket model) but cut extremely slim (as opposed to the Ivy League boxy,) with slim lapels, and made of wool voile instead of a worsted.) Sort of an Italian take on classic Americana, which actually I find refreshing.
post #22 of 23
I was wearing a shawl collar DJ by Ede & Ravenscroft this past weekend for a ball in St. Andrews. I must admit for a supposed 'rental' it was certainly the nicest ever... rivaling the quality of those I own. A beautiful cut and styling... I have never been fond of shawl collars, but now I will definitely purchase one for a change from peak lapel sb.
post #23 of 23
I own a double-breasted satin peak lapel in black from Ralph Lauren.
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