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post #3976 of 4720
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Originally Posted by Butler View Post

One should think it ought to be the other way round, as the front is more exposed with single breasted!
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That's what I was thinking and got the shirt when I switched to a DB DJ. But I don't especially love the way it looks and think it might look better with an SB coat as the placket has more room to show itself. But none of this is that big a deal. I wear both style shirts with about the same frequency.
post #3977 of 4720
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Originally Posted by poorsod View Post

I recently got vintage abalone shell stud and link set from the 1940s. I think the next tux shirt I'll get will have 2 buttons because Manny (from the Missing Link) said that the studs he has from the 20s are often 2 button. I think the vintage buttons are often so much more beautiful than the ones made today.

At my recent wedding, I wore swivel back shirt studs from the 1940's. I was very lucky to find a set with 4 studs, as most of the sets back then featured only 3 studs. Obviously this was due to the much higher waisted trousers and cummerbunds/ waistcoats covering more of the shirt. I would recommend a set with at least 3 studs since you'll leave a number of exposed shirt buttons otherwise.

post #3978 of 4720
My current tux shirt has 3 buttons so there are some vintage studs to choose from. I wear a vest with mine so I think a 2 button tux shirt will work too. My understanding is that there are more vintage options for 2 buttons.
post #3979 of 4720
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

That's what I was thinking and got the shirt when I switched to a DB DJ. But I don't especially love the way it looks and think it might look better with an SB coat as the placket has more room to show itself. But none of this is that big a deal. I wear both style shirts with about the same frequency.
I only have one black tie shirt, which is fine with me, since in the busiest black tie year I ever had, I think I wore it 6 times.
post #3980 of 4720
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Originally Posted by poorsod View Post

My current tux shirt has 3 buttons so there are some vintage studs to choose from. I wear a vest with mine so I think a 2 button tux shirt will work too. My understanding is that there are more vintage options for 2 buttons.

I had many, many options for vintage sets with 3 and 4 studs. Happy hunting.

post #3981 of 4720
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

I only have one black tie shirt, which is fine with me, since in the busiest black tie year I ever had, I think I wore it 6 times.
While I don't need black tie much, when I do it is during a compressed season that often means more than once a week so I do need more than one.
post #3982 of 4720
I think this happened to me once in the last five years. (Friday-Monday.) The cleaners were able to do a rush job for me.
post #3983 of 4720
One wedding n December can do it.
post #3984 of 4720

I have 3 tux shirts, representing the timeline of me figuring out what I actually like in my black tie ensemble. I started with a terrible off the rack, wide pleat that I had slimmed down. It actually looks pretty good now. I then had a custom pique bib shirt made, but the collar needs to be replaced as they cut it a bit big. My most recent is a Stenstrom's OTR narrow pleat with the most beautifully shaped collar I have ever seen. It is so good that I had my shirt maker copy it...

post #3985 of 4720

Went to Brooks Brothers this morning to use the 40% Off coupon that they sent me.  (I bought a tie.)  Saw this display while I was there.

If someone sees a picture of someone wearing a grey tie with a dinner jacket, you will know where they got that idea from.  The black tie on the left is a pre-tied tie.  At least both the displays are wearing studs.

post #3986 of 4720
^ Decline of western civilization right there.
post #3987 of 4720
at least the red tie fad of the 1980s mercifully passed on
post #3988 of 4720
I still see occasional red bows and cummerbunds sported by the older crowd. Apparently some people didn't get the memo.
post #3989 of 4720

I might take criticism for this, but as far as scarves go, I don't actually hate that scarf, if you are going to use a scarf, for black tie. 

post #3990 of 4720
I think this is outstanding -- I would have guessed that you are at the explorers club , about to share a tale of your adventures
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Originally Posted by Roycru View Post

Whilst on the subject of wing collars, here's a picture from my younger brother's Facebook page taken on the Opening Night of his most recent Broadway show.


My younger brother is the one on the right wearing a wing collar with a peak lapel dinner jacket.  (I think that he is wearing his double breasted dinner jacket but for some reason he has unbuttoned it.)


What I noticed was that my brother isn't wearing studs and that the person on the left has found a bizarre way to get by without wearing studs.  His shirt might have strips of velcro or something like that to keep it "buttoned up" (or whatever one calls it on a shirt like that).


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