Originally Posted by primetimeseano
I'm going to stick with the tux, although since I'm getting a suit anyway, I think I'll switch up my order and get something that would be good for the wedding if I change my mind.
You can always use one in the afternoon and one for the party. Your guests will also get to change before dinner?
For the tux, I'm going with a midnight blue, one button with a shawl collar. I'm going to see if I can get it ventless. For the lapel covering and strips on the legs, should I do satin or grosgrain? I'm thinking I'll wear it with white suspenders, a black tie and a black cummerbund. For a shirt, I'll do a pique bib with studs. Thoughts? Any recommendations for shoes, studs, etc.? I was thinking Sam Hober for the bow tie.
Shawl often implies a bit more relaxed, so pique/marcella front isn't the obvious choice. But they're all in the family. Do make sure it's a regular semi-spread collar, however.
For shoes, you could do pumps, but those may not be the best choice if you're on your feet a lot. Safer to do plain-toed Oxfords. Edward Green Carnegie is a logical place to start, and I think Brooks Brothers and Alden both have their versions. There was a time when they didn't, so I ordered a pair from Vass with a last I knew would work on my foot. Studs? Keep it simple and not too large. Match the cufflinks.
For bow-ties, Sam Hober does great work but they will want to make it a one-piece. That requires being quite sure of your measurements before ordering. Consider buying an adjustable to mail to them once you've set it to the right place. Or just wear an adjustable. [As civilized as it is to use a one-piece, the hardware won't show through your collar.]
As for the suit, I'd like something versatile enough to wear to the office for presentations and stuff and to other people's weddings. Maybe funerals too. I have a bunch of standard business suits now. For this one I was thinking a dark navy two button with peak lapels and trousers fitted with buttons for suspenders. Would that cover all the bases?
If it's too snazzy, you might not want it for the office. So be careful about peak lapels. If you go with braces, do not get belt loops. Unless you also plan to wear a belt.