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post #841 of 1665

PICS!!!

 

Here we go fellas! My July 20th wedding in upstate New York, outside in the heat of the summer wearing my custom David Reeves suit. Anyone in the NYC area, and looking to get a custom suit for his wedding or any other even, and needs someone who's a real professional need to look no further than David. I'm a very difficult fit, more than a 10" drop, and a big chest. He got the fit spot on! Nothing too stylized like some of the ultra slim, ultra short options we are used to seeing these days. But a suit that has all of the appeal of a classic, with a slightly modern twist. I even had pleated pants which were fantastic! I needed those because of my big thighs, and smaller waist due to weight lifting. Those things were executed flawlessly, I'll try to post a pic of me just wearing those if you'd like.

 

We like pictures, so here a a few. I wore a custom 2pc SB blue Dormeuil Mohair suit, white Thai rough silk tie from Hober, a white Cego shirt with a Keaton style cutaway collar (thank you Carl!), and black Allen Edmonds Fifth Aves. I dance A LOT and I was able to wear this suit outside, for the entire night without taking off the jacket. I've even included a dancing picture to prove it! The reason the dance floor is empty is because one of our guests made my dad and I have a dance off - it was my turn :). Thanks to all of the forum members who were very helpful in my direct advice, and to the general contributors what provide such great content and resources to help others make these fashion decisions for such an important day. I will definitely be happy to look back on these pictures in the years to come...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #842 of 1665
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Congrats, candy, you look great. I might consider taking the sleeves on the jacket up just a hair, but looks very nice. I think I have a suit in that same fabric. Really tough to photograph, but looks fantastic in person.
post #843 of 1665
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Congrats, candy, you look great. I might consider taking the sleeves on the jacket up just a hair, but looks very nice. I think I have a suit in that same fabric. Really tough to photograph, but looks fantastic in person.

Thanks, yeah, I agree. I think the only think I'd change is taking the sleeves up a touch. I'm actually going to have David do that when I take it in for a cleaning... 

post #844 of 1665

I'm prepping for my own wedding and I went with the very reasonably priced Tux from Suit Supply.  I would like to wear a white ("backless" vest but have not had any luck finding any besides Brooks Brothers.  Any tips on where I can find one?.  I unfortunately do not have time for a custom design since my wedding is only 2 weeks away. 

 

While I was at SS, I purchased their Tuxedo Shirt but I'm not 100% intent on keeping it.  Any suggestions on a slim-fit tuxedo shirt with a bib? I personally do not love ribs/ruffles. 

 

Any info is greatly appreciated ! Thanks

post #845 of 1665
I think you won't get much support here if you are planning to wear a white waistcoat with a black tie outfit (though I understand that it has been argued that there is some historical precedent for this.) Why not go classic and get a black waistcoat?

I don't know what your budget is, but in answer to your question, I got my white waistcoat (for a white tie outfit) at Ede and Ravenscroft (http://shop.edeandravenscroft.co.uk/products/white-marcella-waistcoat). They also sell a black formal waistcoat with a scooped front (the technical term escapes me) for black tie but you might want to enquire carefully about shipping as you only have two weeks.
post #846 of 1665
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Originally Posted by blackbowtie View Post

I think you won't get much support here if you are planning to wear a white waistcoat with a black tie outfit (though I understand that it has been argued that there is some historical precedent for this.) Why not go classic and get a black waistcoat?

I don't know what your budget is, but in answer to your question, I got my white waistcoat (for a white tie outfit) at Ede and Ravenscroft (http://shop.edeandravenscroft.co.uk/products/white-marcella-waistcoat). They also sell a black formal waistcoat with a scooped front (the technical term escapes me) for black tie but you might want to enquire carefully about shipping as you only have two weeks.

 

Thanks much for your recommendation.  I have to say, I am quite confused at why I wouldn't have much support here since it was SF that gave me the idea originally!  I wanted to do something slightly distinctive since I am the groom so I plan to wear black tie, white waistcoat and mother of pearl studs / cuff links.  I did some research and saw support for this approach here:  http://www.blacktieguide.com/Supplemental/Weddings.htm

 

Am I making a mistake??  Thanks for the quick response

post #847 of 1665
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Thanks much for your recommendation.  I have to say, I am quite confused at why I wouldn't have much support here since it was SF that gave me the idea originally!  I wanted to do something slightly distinctive since I am the groom so I plan to wear black tie, white waistcoat and mother of pearl studs / cuff links.  I did some research and saw support for this approach here:  http://www.blacktieguide.com/Supplemental/Weddings.htm

Am I making a mistake??  Thanks for the quick response

That view was based on, among others, the not-so-positive response I read on this forum when President Obama wore a white waistcoat with his black tie outfit at his first inauguration. As I've mentioned, in that discussion, some people mentioned that there is a historical precedent for this.

I've read that page from the Black Tie Guide you sent and I'm quoting here excerpts that seems to support this assessment:

"Grooms-to-be have often asked the Guide how they can stand out from their groomsmen in a traditional way. Well, traditionally speaking, the groom is not supposed to stand out.

Formal weddings call for formal dress and conventional evening dress is intended to allow the women to take center stage in their elaborate finery while their men provide an elegantly understated and uniform backdrop. That is why historically the sole nod to the groom’s special role is his unique boutonniere, preferably a flower from the bride’s bouquet. Other than that, tradition assumes that guests don’t require help identifying the groom – he’ll be the one marrying the bride.

However, should a groom be determined to express his individuality more emphatically, black tie offers a number of acceptable variations that can be used to his strategic advantage.
"

...and then the Guide continues with some suggestions, including a white waistcoat...but later added:

"At the risk of committing formal heresy the Guide endorses this option provided it is confined to a wedding context, limited to the groom and executed impeccably with a proper full-dress shirt and waistcoat (which are both perfectly acceptable with black tie)."

But it sounds here that you are deliberately breaking the rules after doing due dligence, and after all it is your wedding. So with that, ignore what I said, and best of luck with your search for a white waistcoat, and for the upcoming wedding.
post #848 of 1665
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This pic is just badass. Needed to be said.
post #849 of 1665
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The above with off-white pants and a solid blue shirt and you are looking good.
Noted. I'll try to make a run at it. Pics have been difficult to come by recently, however.

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Damn, Dig, you really did a personal make-over. I had never seen your "before" pics. Congratulations. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

smile.gif Thanks! I've lost another 10 or so pounds since the pic in the houndstooth. Teh manorexia is almost complete!

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Hoping not to derail the thread to much, but, when I first started lurking Dig had just started posting in WAYWRN. I was always surprise how well Dig took on the advice and criticism (not always constructive) and how quickly his style developed. 
I have a 'style file' where I have a collection of fits that I like from forum members and Dig has a good number of fits in there.

So a big congrats to Dig from here too, not just for the dressing better thing, but for getting healthy as well.

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Kind words! Many thanks. My attitude was/is that there is much knowledge on this forum and there were many people willing to give of that knowledge freely. My biggest task was/is to remove any personal ego issues and apply what I was taught. I'm happy with the results so far!

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post #850 of 1665
Thread Starter 
Dig you are a gentleman and a scholar. You looked very sharp at the SF meetup and I'm sure you'll look great at this wedding too.
post #851 of 1665

First off... Candy, you are looking fresh. That blue looks great!

 

I posted a separate thread before I found this. I figured I might get a better response in the 'wedding thread' since I'm new here.

 

I am getting married Oct. 12th and am looking for a suit. I have decided to buy a decent suit instead of rent because I would rather spend some extra cash and make an investment. 

 

Here is what am looking for:

 

 Slim fit / 3-piece Medium Grey / 100% wool / notched lapels / side vented / <$500

 

Here is our color scheme, I will prob get a white shirt and tie to match groomsman are being told to wear a charcoal or dark grey and choice or shirt and tie to match colors:

 

 

I have browsed the forms and done a good bit of research and here is what I have found:

 

1) Tommy Hilfiger Grey Stripe from Macy's

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/tommy-hilfiger-jackets-grey-stripe-two-button-side-vent-slim-fit?ID=360004&upc_ID=1599274&Quantity=1&seqNo=4&EXTRA_PARAMETER=BAG

 

I think it is 'ok' but not exactly what I am looking for. I would prefer a solid or textured fabric as I think the stripes are a bit strong. I have read a few people say that you can't find much better for $300-$400.

 

I have also looked at Indochino and found:

 

2) Essential Gray Three Piece Suit

http://www.indochino.com/product/essential-gray-threepiece-suit

 

I have read that their quality has gone down as prices have risen and it is a little light for a Oct. wedding so I'm not set on it. I looked at Suit Supply but they didn't carry anything that matches what I am looking for. I have been scouring the internet for maybe a Ralph Lauren or Hugo Boss but nothing vested. Ebay hasn't been of much help.

 

I am open to suggestions and feedback as I am still a suit noob but I got a good eye and pay great attention to detail as I am an artist. 

 

 

Thanks a ton!

post #852 of 1665
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Originally Posted by blackbowtie View Post


That view was based on, among others, the not-so-positive response I read on this forum when President Obama wore a white waistcoat with his black tie outfit at his first inauguration. As I've mentioned, in that discussion, some people mentioned that there is a historical precedent for this.

I've read that page from the Black Tie Guide you sent and I'm quoting here excerpts that seems to support this assessment:

"Grooms-to-be have often asked the Guide how they can stand out from their groomsmen in a traditional way. Well, traditionally speaking, the groom is not supposed to stand out.

Formal weddings call for formal dress and conventional evening dress is intended to allow the women to take center stage in their elaborate finery while their men provide an elegantly understated and uniform backdrop. That is why historically the sole nod to the groom’s special role is his unique boutonniere, preferably a flower from the bride’s bouquet. Other than that, tradition assumes that guests don’t require help identifying the groom – he’ll be the one marrying the bride.

However, should a groom be determined to express his individuality more emphatically, black tie offers a number of acceptable variations that can be used to his strategic advantage.
"

...and then the Guide continues with some suggestions, including a white waistcoat...but later added:

"At the risk of committing formal heresy the Guide endorses this option provided it is confined to a wedding context, limited to the groom and executed impeccably with a proper full-dress shirt and waistcoat (which are both perfectly acceptable with black tie)."

But it sounds here that you are deliberately breaking the rules after doing due dligence, and after all it is your wedding. So with that, ignore what I said, and best of luck with your search for a white waistcoat, and for the upcoming wedding.

 

Thanks for the thoughtful reply.  Frankly, my biggest concern is that the white waistcoat could exaggerate my waist line.  I suppose the worst case scenario is I purchase both black and white and make it a game time decision.  The one you recommended from Ede and Ravenscroft looks incredible but I'm too nervous to order from overseas since my wedding is so close.  I figure I should have plenty of B&M, RTW options here in NYC but alas.  

post #853 of 1665

Oxygencube --

 

you've got to get hurrying!  i would say from those two pictures a) you are correct the stripes are too strong.  if you go with a stripe of any sort it should be so pencil thin that the suit appears a solid color until you get quite close.  b) i cant speak to indochine quality, but i'd go for a slightly darker shade of grey even if you want to stay in mid-grey not charcoal.  

post #854 of 1665
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Originally Posted by oxygencube View Post

First off... Candy, you are looking fresh. That blue looks great!

I posted a separate thread before I found this. I figured I might get a better response in the 'wedding thread' since I'm new here.

I am getting married Oct. 12th and am looking for a suit. I have decided to buy a decent suit instead of rent because I would rather spend some extra cash and make an investment. 

Here is what am looking for:

 Slim fit / 3-piece Medium Grey / 100% wool / notched lapels / side vented / <$500

Yikes, you are probably not going to be able to do MTM in that time frame. Indochino takes up to 4 weeks, plus it's risky. Many people have no problems, but a lot of people get results so bad they need to be remade. 3-piece, 100% wool, with all the details you want is really tough in that price range without having any time to comparison shop or wait for sales, unfortunately. Have you been to any B&M stores? I think you need to just take a day and go everywhere you can possibly go.
post #855 of 1665
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Originally Posted by oxygencube View Post

 

I am getting married Oct. 12th and am looking for a suit. I have decided to buy a decent suit instead of rent because I would rather spend some extra cash and make an investment. 

 

Here is what am looking for:

 

 Slim fit / 3-piece Medium Grey / 100% wool / notched lapels / side vented / <$500

 

 

Think of your list of requirements like a Venn diagram. Each requirement is represented by a circle. In addition to your suit specs, you've added brick-and-mortar access, "investment piece", time, and money. Time is small, shrinking and may be smaller than you think: you need to budget time for tailoring. Even relatively basic things (pants hem, sleeve adjustment, take in waist, collar adjustment) may take your tailor some time, or they may charge extra for an accelerated timetable. Your access to shops may be limited by where you live. Unless you know your size AND know the measurements of the garment very well, I wouldn't take a chance on ordering something sight unseen given your time frame. 

 

In any case, you have control over all the others (sort of). Clearly more money can significantly increase the pool of possibilities. Of your specs, you might find it easier to give up on the idea of a 3-piece, which are not that common (and I think it's tricky to get the vest to fit just right off-the-rack), but the rest of what you want seems fairly attainable. And your idea of an "investment" in a suit may be very different than others around here, but it's worth educating yourself to get an idea what you're paying for in a suit (construction, fabric, etc.). Sometimes a lot of what you pay for is a name.

 

As for the two suits you mentioned, people around here will advise you to stay away from stripes, and they'd be right (you even mentioned preferring something else). I'd also choose a darker grey than the solid you posted. It doesn't necessarily have to be charcoal if you don't want something that dark.

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