Originally Posted by Marc Voorhees
A few questions regarding formal wear:
1) Black watch plaid tie and cumberbund with a white dinner jacket and no studs. What are opinions on this?
2) Where to buy the aforementioned tie and cumberbund? i have looked at BB RL Paul Stuart...any suggestions would be welcome.
3) If no to the white jacket, can i wear a black tuxedo with a bib front shirt with no studs?
I say no studs because the event is not true black tie, and in my opinion, the studs make the outfit very formal. Without them it is more of dinner look as opposed to a black tie look. Any thoughts?
Thanks to the wisdom of the forum in advance!
I'm of the opinion that you should either do black tie or not. There should not be any in-between, like regular ties with dinner jackets, bib-front shirts with buttons instead of studs, etc..
If the event is not black tie, and you don't want to wear black tie, then don't wear a dinner jacket/trousers. You can still put together a formal ensemble with a conservative suit.
Regarding your post, I don't even know what a "dinner look" is. If you wear a dinner/tuxedo jacket with a bib-front shirt, then the look is formal, period. The presence or absense of studs isn't going to change it. If you skip the studs, it is just going to look like you lost/forgot/couldn't afford them.