Why the cummerbund hate?
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But there are a few of my friends who wear black tie who think of cummerbunds as a bit fuddy-duddy (though I'm not quite sure why). And I suppose the cummerbundless current Bond doesn't help.
I was just wondering because I haven't got one, but in the photos I've seen of celebs wearing them while seated, the jackets are still buttoned. I guess just being buttoned across a wider area helps prevent unsightly fabric bulging, perhaps? But as for me, my tummy would definitely tax the single fastened button on my SB jackets were I not to undo it. I'm not exactly wasting away.
Yeah, that's the thing, most guys would agree with you. But it is a truth generally acknowledged that black is slimming, even more so in dim evening lighting. I'm just surprised more guys don't make the connection that swathing their middles in black would make minimise their bellies and draw attention to their chests. The one time my cummerbund was missing, I tied a black silk scarf around my middle and it worked a charm.
Speaking of tying a scarf around the waist, I'm thinking of experimenting with wearing a sash around my waist instead of a waistcoat/cummerbund to a black tie do this Saturday. It might not be the best idea - I'm concerned that the sash might unravel and fall off amidst vigorous dancing - but I think it would be a cool way to spice things up a little bit with a nod to the past.
The anti-cummerbund movement is just a passing fancy. Like many things in life, fashion will sway between extremes; due to badly designed and badly worn crumb-catchers people have reacted by shunning them all together. (The colored, "match your bridesmaid's dress" numbers really didn't help.)
I think that this forum can function as a stabilizing force- recommending against the frequent moves of fashion and holding to time-tested principles of men's style.
The cummerbund is a piece of functional clothing that evolved into a staple of classic formal wear. I wear a waistcoat, but I also have a cummerbund and I will use it when it suits me.
(I also wear one with my military Dinner Dress uniform, but that is not out of choice.)
Just my thoughts!
I like cummerbunds, though, and would gladly wear one if I got a new SB DJ, especially one that was shawl lapel. What I always wanted was to try wearing a real waist wrap - the wrap from which the modern cummerbund is derived - which I thought might look cool, but I never got very far chasing that.