Oh god, I do not know where to begin. I am getting married next January, and while I have adamantly decided to get a tuxedo (peak lapel, 1 button, wing collar, marcella vest, etc etc), obviously this just won't work for my less dressy friend & family. So... tuxedo rental it is, no big deal. Entering the store (The Tux Shop), one is immediately slapped in the face with some of the most terrifyingly coordinated outfits imaginable: Wing collars paired with brown & black stripe neckties, poly-floral ruby red vests peeking out of ubiquitous 4 button notch blazers (no satin here!), mutated lapels, and so on. The most vile offender was easily the pinstripe 'zoot tux', with the comically oversized jacket & pant combo, packaged with a nice black shirt and candystriped tie. Faux-gold chain included for those big ballers with nothing to lose. After a dozen nauseating spins around the room trying to find the least grotesque citizen in the leper colony, I noticed a seemingly long-forgotten tuxedo stuff in the corner, ignored and humbled among its flashy brothers... Behold! A one-button peak lapel! They do exist. Committing to the tux led to this wonderful exchange between myself, the sister-in-law, and the 'formalwear specialist': Me: So, for my brother & etc, I want that 1 button peak lapel tux with a turndown collar an black bow tie, and that 3 button vest in black. Oh, and those cap toe patent shoes toe (the least horrible of the bunch). FS: What are her colors going to be? Me: She's wearing white, we don't have a wedding party, so that isn't a concern. FS: But what are her colors going to be? Me: She's wearing white. FS: But... Don't you want some color in there? Like a red bow tie or a colorful cummerbund, white & black is just so... uninteresting and bland. Me: That would be a no. FS: ooook.... SIL chiming in: Wait, you're not getting a tux here (shock and awe on her face), what kind of vest are you getting so they can match? FS: White pique with a black bow tie. They don't have the right kind of white vest, so they might as well get a black one. It won't stick out. SIL: The tie and the vest need to match, you should get a white tie. FS: nods in agreement Me: FS/SIL: *eyeroll* Ok, it's not my wedding. ...Yeah. I had some hesitation about buying a tux due to the cost, but goddamn, after 40 minutes in there, my fiancee and I are both more confident in the expense (and my decisions) than ever. I'm not sure entirely what the point of this overly long post is, except as a complete endorsement and thanks to all the formal wear knowledge slung around these parts. Couldn't believe a 'formalwear specialist' had no idea what a marcella was. Oy. Is this kind of experience unusual? I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone.
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10/21/07 at 3:12am