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Tying the knot soon and need input on black tie accessories.

1. waistcoat vs cummerbund?

2. wing collar vs turn down collar for shirt? 3/4 inch vs 1/2 inch pleat on shirt?

3. bowtie: semi butterfly

4. patent leather pumps or oxfords?


Also, where can I get above?
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Are you restricted to black tie? I wouldn't wear formal wear to a wedding.

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What would you wear if you were getting married?
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Depends on if it was a daytime or nighttime ceremony.

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Evening. 6PM.

I already had a tux commissioned.
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Well then by all means, stick to it. I don't think anyone will say it's "wrong", however I never saw weddings as formal events. If I had my preference I'd probably wear something more exuberant.

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As much as I would like to be dapper and channel my inner iGent for total 0wnage, I figured it would be best to go with something timeless and let my soon to be wife steal the show
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Shoe customs tax is 8.5%
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As much as I would like to be dapper and channel my inner iGent for total 0wnage, I figured it would be best to go with something timeless and let my soon to be wife steal the show

Wing collars are for white tie or waiters. The other options depend more on your personal taste. The black tie guide website is pretty good.
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You need to get past this fear with the exchange rate currently what it is.  Carmina's Forest last is a great introductory last for someone who knows their size in AE's 5 last. 

I just got a pair of UK6 Forest and wear US7 on the AE5 - can confirm the fit is good. The carmina outsole length on the forest is surprisingly short. Not so small that it bugs me, but noticeably smaller than the AEs or Meermins.
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I have Meermin shell longwings where the build quality seems very nice, but the finishing is pretty haphazard.  The  medallions are not straight and the shell was not finished consistently.  My recollection from the Meermin thread is that too many shoes come out with similar quality control issues.  Then there is the customer service, which is non-existent.  For me, I decided the chance of getting another dud of a shoe with no customer service was not worth the $100 I would save compared with Carmina.  Keep in mind that if you order directly from Carmina, the cost is $350 for many models.

Just got a pair of Meermins too - UK6 on the Olfe last. Longer outsole, the overall shape isn't as pleasing as the carmina forest, and the leather is STIFF. Wrecked shop on my feet the first time out but they should soften up, god willing. They were half the price of the carminas so it's understandable.

I'll do a comparison post one of these days.

But in terms of customer service for Meermin I must disagree - they've been really responsive. They actually sent the wrong belt in the size I ordered (their fault) but the belt was too small (my fault). I told them of the issue and they've shipped me the right belt in the bigger size at no cost. I'd say that's pretty cool.
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I just got a pair of UK6 Forest and wear US7 on the AE5 - can confirm the fit is good. The carmina outsole length on the forest is surprisingly short. Not so small that it bugs me, but noticeably smaller than the AEs or Meermins.
Just got a pair of Meermins too - UK6 on the Olfe last. Longer outsole, the overall shape isn't as pleasing as the carmina forest, and the leather is STIFF. Wrecked shop on my feet the first time out but they should soften up, god willing. They were half the price of the carminas so it's understandable.

I'll do a comparison post one of these days.

Meermin takes forever to soften up. Maybe 10-20 wears, if not more. You can bend the sole by hand dozens of times to break them in without blisters.

You could also put the end of a broom or any stick in the heel area and push down in all directions to soften up the heel. Obviously I don't buy meermin anymore because of this. The only exception is their suede shoes, which tend to break in much faster.

Their regular line suede shoes are good value for money. Their regular line leather or their LM line leather shoes are not. You're better off buying Carmina. It's nice that Meermin LM is handwelted, but it doesn't offset the fact that shoes take forever to break in and the lack of quality control.
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Meermin takes forever to soften up. Maybe 10-20 wears, if not more.

To the band aid store!
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Wing collars are for white tie or waiters. The other options depend more on your personal taste. The black tie guide website is pretty good.

Ya I was leaning away from wing collars.

Any good place that will have all these accessories?
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Thread Starter 
Get black oxfords. Nice ones. Go somewhere and get a high shine on them. Pumps are a waste of money. Unless you're Crusty.
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Originally Posted by Caustic Man View Post
 

Well then by all means, stick to it. I don't think anyone will say it's "wrong", however I never saw weddings as formal events. If I had my preference I'd probably wear something more exuberant.

 

Up to the couple.  I was once a groomsman in a wedding party where we all wore tailcoats and top hats.

 

It was bloody hot ...

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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