The State of Black Tie: Your Observations - Page 185
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I know I need:
- Tuxedo shoes
- Cumberbund (sp?) and bow tie
But part of me wants to add an ivory dinner jacket to the collection. Any ideas for a good maker? The only one I have seen is made by Armani and it was silk and wool and right around $1900.
I currently have one event a year on my calendar which I could easily justify my tuxedo (especially at the price I paid).
Any thoughts- ps...I live in Florida.
"Gala" is a word that gets thrown around, often by hosts who may not understand the formality the word implies (or at least used to). Contact the host to be sure. If you're actively seeking events where black tie is the dress, seek out museum benefits and the like.
In the small city in Michigan where I live I attend the local orchestra concerts in Black Tie. Hardly anyone else is dressed anywhere near in formality to me but it feels like a proper event to me and I get compliments. Sometimes you just have to choose events to dress for.
I have several bow ties in different shapes, but they're all satin, and I wanted one in grosgrain to match the lapels on my tuxes. I purchased one from Sam Hober and couldn't be happier. http://www.samhober.com/italian-faille-silk-bow-ties/ Like everything else they offer, you specify exactly what you want -- shape, width, length, etc. It's great having a tie that is the perfect length for me without the slide/hook adjusters.