Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Jazz up bespoke suit for Manhattan Cocktail Classic
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Jazz up bespoke suit for Manhattan Cocktail Classic

post #1 of 2
Thread Starter 

Dear SFers,


I will be attending the Manhattan Cocktail Classic come May 17.

The dress code is stated to be "salty black-tie" as per



For the Gala, yes, emphatically. The attire is officially (and confusingly) listed as "salty black tie", which means that we want guests to see this as an excuse to get as fancy as humanly possible, whilst not enforcing any specific conventions as to how this is defined. Tuxes and ball gowns are fair game, for sure, but you will also find company in full-on costumes and extravagant period pieces: vintage pastel-blue tuxes, Prohibition-era ensembles, flapper dresses, prom dresses, feathers, frocks, spats, suspenders, and more waxed moustaches than you can shake a stick at. The Gala is an event people attend to see and be seen, so plan your outfit now (and start breaking in those five-inch heels...) The other festival events do not have any specific dress code, though we generally encourage fanciness and/or feathers wherever possible.



Unfortunately I am not at a point in my life where I can afford a bespoke tuxedo, nor do I want to purchase an OTR tuxedo just for the evening.

I will be arriving into New York on May 15, so renting is far too timeline-tight an option.


As such, I would like to see your advice and suggestions on how I can jazz up my standard business suit.



The bespoke suit above is from Iris Tailor of Singapore (the deft hands that also make gshen's of Vanda Fine Clothing) with Dormeuil cloth in a deep shade of midnight blue.

Wish I had a lighter colored suit for the event, but this is my one and only suit that fits me well.

Still developing my style (21 years and in college), as such, my current wardrobe is outfitted with staple striped and solid dress shirts which serve well in a work environment but not for a night about town.

I'm looking to purchase a new dress shirtbow tie and pocket square to add pizzaz for the evening (hopefully they are versatile enough for continued use after too) but have no idea where to start and how I should coordinate the 3. My usual OTR shirt supplier (T.M. Lewin in Fully Fitted fit) has nothing of interest either.


My budget as follows:

Shirt - $150

Tie - $80

Pocket Square - $50


In case you need it, my shirt measurements are as follows:

Shoulder - shoulder: 18.5"

Chest (actual): 38.75"

Chest (shirt): 44.25"

Sleeve: 34-34.5" depending on cuff


I also have the following pocket squares from Vanda, but i'm not sure if they would be of much help.




My appreciation in advance for your valuable advice. Thank you.

Edited by stgrim - 5/4/13 at 4:39pm
post #2 of 2

Bowtie: Llarge variety and reasonably priced.

Pocket square: I'd recommend some of Kent Wang's printed squares for something under $50. Don't underestimate the simple white TV-fold either. 


Shoes are also very important. smile.gif

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Classic Menswear
Styleforum › Forums › Men's Style › Classic Menswear › Jazz up bespoke suit for Manhattan Cocktail Classic