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post #1 of 47
Thread Starter 

Most of us seldom have the opportunity to dress up in black-tie or white-tie.  As a consequence, formal fit pics in the thrift/discount thread are fairly rare.

 

In the interest of comparing and sharing and maybe striking up a bit of competitive spirit, I thought it would be nice to compile formal thrift/discount fit pics here.  Who knows -- maybe this can provide a nice compendium from which to nominate for yearly formal thrift fit awards, similar to the cheapies?  The great diversity of styles and tastes in the brag thread showcases SW&D and MC and everything in between, but the more confined scope of formal wear provides a unique opportunity for comparison.  Regardless of competition, feel free to post your best black-tie or white-tie thrift/discount fit pics! 

 

      Only rule:  At least one visible formalwear item must have been thrifted or bought on deep discount, either by you or by a fellow member who traded or hooked you up. Please state which items in the fit are thrifted / discounted, so we can appreciate.

 

 

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I guess I'll start with one I'll likely have a hard time topping, from December 2012:

 

1000

 

      Details

Jacket:  Bespoke Japanese-made smoking jacket, thrifted by Ruben

PS:  Century 21

Studs, links & tie:  Free, store was closing

post #2 of 47
BITFO

I recently went to a black tie attorney dinner. Switched between the two jackets all night. I'm also pretty sure (eh, it's kinda a fuzzy night) I wore a full collar shirt in the end.
Vintage USA made MTM/bespoke smoking jacket, thrifted by Cap'n Wes
JA shirt near $0 employee discount
RLPL tie thrifted by me CORRECTION: Vintage Charvet tie
Dunno who shoes.
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NWT Zegna tux, thrifted by Orgetorix
Charvet tie --> RLPL solid black silk
Remaining details the same.
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post #3 of 47
I have a coupla fits I can contribute here. *cracks knuckles*

First: Formal daywear, circa 2006:
'50s morning coat & trousers: Ebay
Vintage vest: Ebay
Shirt: Modern, from a clergy supply store IIRC
Collar: Ede & Ravenscroft? Can't remember.
Tie: Discount store; can't remember brand
Shoes: Johnston & Murphy, thrifted by me
Hat: Borrowed

Oh yeah, and wife's dress = borrowed. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

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White tie and tails, circa 2013:
'50s Hickey Freeman tails & trousers: Thrifted by me
Vintage boiled-front shirt: Ebay
Collar: Ede & Ravenscroft
Tie: From a dancewear supply shop, of all places
Waistcoat: ex-rental outlet
Studs & cufflinks: Krementz, thrifted by me
Hat: Ebay
Shoes: Johnston & Murphy, thrifted by me

Wife's flapper outfit = rented

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post #4 of 47
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

I have a coupla fits I can contribute here. *cracks knuckles*

I may never get tired of that shot of you in the morning coat. That fit is perfect.
post #5 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

I have a coupla fits I can contribute here. *cracks knuckles*

First: Formal daywear, circa 2006:
'50s morning coat & trousers: Ebay
Vintage vest: Ebay
Shirt: Modern, from a clergy supply store IIRC
Collar: Ede & Ravenscroft? Can't remember.
Tie: Discount store; can't remember brand
Shoes: Johnston & Murphy, thrifted by me
Hat: Borrowed

Oh yeah, and wife's dress = borrowed. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

Ceremony_2006-12-16_208.jpgWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
morning_dress.jpgtophat2.jpg


White tie and tails, circa 2013:
'50s Hickey Freeman tails & trousers: Thrifted by me
Vintage boiled-front shirt: Ebay
Collar: Ede & Ravenscroft
Tie: From a dancewear supply shop, of all places
Waistcoat: ex-rental outlet
Studs & cufflinks: Krementz, thrifted by me
Hat: Ebay
Shoes: Johnston & Murphy, thrifted by me

Wife's flapper outfit = rented

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Superb outfits! Thank you for sharing these pics. At the risk of asking an indiscreet question, is it possible to get a white tie outfit now from where you did?
post #6 of 47
Terrible photo, but I have a nice Midnight Blue Christian Dior tailcoat that I wear on occasion. I don't have a white bow tie (an easy fix, I know) but I like the navy paisley.

post #7 of 47
Thread Starter 

Hey landshark, cool fit!  In keeping with the spirit of the thread, any thrifted / heavily discounted items you care to declare?
 

post #8 of 47
I got this jacket at a vintage shop years ago, and it fits better now than back then (when I was skinnier). It's a German brand I've never heard of. The label says "Qualitatskleidung".Trousers were from a local formalwear shop that has since gone out of business, and the fabrics are pretty much indistinguishable. The rest of the clothes were purchased new. (BTW, the ladies getting married specified a green color scheme, hence the unorthodox PS.)


post #9 of 47

nice classic suite

post #10 of 47
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Originally Posted by CesarC View Post

Hey landshark, cool fit!  In keeping with the spirit of the thread, any thrifted / heavily discounted items you care to declare?

 

The tails were $50 shipped.
post #11 of 47
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Originally Posted by johnvw View Post

Superb outfits! Thank you for sharing these pics. At the risk of asking an indiscreet question, is it possible to get a white tie outfit now from where you did?

Thanks! If by outfit you mean the whole getup, well, I got the pieces from all over the place. Some are still viable, some not.

If you're asking about the dress suit (the tailcoat and trousers), I got them from a vintage clothing shop and haven't seen another set in the ~4 years since I bought them.
post #12 of 47

Bought on Ebay. Can't remember brand, but it's a wool and mohair mix. Was NWT and retailed for 500$ or something, been packed away since NYE. 

 

Followed with a silk PS, pre-tied bowtie and shirt (not the one in the picture, but it's a normal cotton, hidden placket shirt)

Paid 60$...no alterations.

 

Wish the button stance had been a bit lower, and armholes higher, other than that I'm pleased with it!  

 

post #13 of 47
Very nice, dreamspace. Lovely proportions on that jacket, and it fits you perfectly.
post #14 of 47
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by johnvw View Post

Superb outfits! Thank you for sharing these pics. At the risk of asking an indiscreet question, is it possible to get a white tie outfit now from where you did?

Thanks! If by outfit you mean the whole getup, well, I got the pieces from all over the place. Some are still viable, some not.

If you're asking about the dress suit (the tailcoat and trousers), I got them from a vintage clothing shop and haven't seen another set in the ~4 years since I bought them.

Sad to hear frown.gif but thanks for the reply.

Wear the elegant attire (on appropriate occasions) in good health!
post #15 of 47
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Originally Posted by Orgetorix View Post

Very nice, dreamspace. Lovely proportions on that jacket, and it fits you perfectly.

+1.
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