Originally Posted by musicmax
Not sure which of the other usual suspects (Brooks Brothers, Robert Talbott, Jos. A Bank etc.) carry both but this is definitely the time of year to be looking as a lot of BB formalwear has become only seasonally available.
Avoid Jos. A Bank for braces! The leather used on the waistband attachments (formal versions may not have these; they may be textile) and the center piece on the back are cheap and poorly dyed. As a result I've gotten marks on my shirts.
Originally Posted by akatsuki
Is ivory acceptable for the scarf/braces or is that weird?
Don't use a scarf personally, but my braces are ivory and I see nothing wrong with that. They're Trafalgar's silk variety, designed as formalwear, and quite nice, IMO.
I picked them up at a Barney's sale a year or so ago for a very good price and would recommend checking their stores near the end of the sale this year.