I have a few (college) formals coming up in the next few months and figured now would be a good time to start looking for a tuxedo and all the rest. The formals are black-tie and based on past observation most of the kids at my school are, though not necessarily knowledgable about fashion, prepared enough to have a tuxedo, so my conclusion is that while I'll probably be able to look good comparatively without blowing my budget, I will at least need to buy the basics. I know what I would ideally like to wear, but since my funds are limited I've had to fix my plans accordingly. I've made a list of what I intend to do for each, and would like some comments about whether my planned outfit will work or not. Tuxedo: I'd like to get a classic black, slim-cut, one-button, peak lapel tuxedo (hopefully non-fused front), but naturally it's quite hard (if not impossible) to find one in my $500-600 max budget, and that Cerruti one I posted about a little while ago was charcoal, so I decided that wasn't an option. Alternatively I found this double breasted Dunhill tuxedo on ebay and it seems like a decent option, though I was curious if a double-breasted jacket would work on a young guy with a silghtly slim build (5'8", 135). I think I might purchase the Dunhill if I can dispel my concerns about the quality of the suit and going double breasted, but I'd still love any other suggestions. Shirt: I'd prefer a spread collar to a wing collar, but is a wing collar a requirement or does it depend on the tie worn? I also noticed the December GQ showed some models wearing black shirts with tuxedos, and I have such a black shirt, but I think that looked a little cheesy and I doubt I'd go with that. Tie: Will probably go with a standard black bowtie and learn to tie it, although I'm thinking about picking up a skinny black Dior tie and using that instead. Shoes: Patent leather formal shoes aren't in my budget; would a pair of black oxfords work with a tuxedo? Vest/Cummerbund: I'm not too fond of either right now, which makes the above double-breasted suit even more appealing, but should I go single-breasted will I look weird without one of the two? Braces: Again, I'm not fond of braces and was wondering if I could get away without wearing any... if worse comes to worse I suppose I could find a cheap pair on ebay or borrow some from my roommate. Thanks in advance.
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1/5/03 at 5:06am