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Do I need to wear a cummerbund?

post #1 of 4
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I have a new tuxedo (slimmer fit jacket with flat front pants) and the pants have the satin braid down the legs but not a satin waistband. The shirt style is spread collar with pleated front, the black bow tie is tie-it-yourself, and the button-tab braces are black. I have two pairs of shoes: one is patent leather slip-on, and the other is black velvet formal slippers. My question is, do I really need to wear a cummerbund? I don't want to wear a wasitcoat but do I really need to wear a cummerbund?

All advice and opinions are appreciated. Thank you.
post #2 of 4
Congratulations on your purchase. When standing, the jacket is buttoned anyway so I don't believe a cummerbund to be necessary. With my own mid section widening, a cummerbund would be at best, a 'before dinner' accoutrement. One too many times I found the damned thing rolled up around my waistline, giving others the impression that I am into after-dinner bondage games. Then again, this was not always a bad thing.
post #3 of 4

cummerbund i think is not as necessary as it used to be and if you don't feel comfortable just leave it :)

post #4 of 4
The waist should be covered with a cummerbund or suitable waist coat, or a double breasted dinner jacket that remains fastened. Since you've gone beyond the bare necessities with the rest of the outfit, you might as well finish it off with a waist covering.
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