Originally Posted by LonerMatt
Yeah man, this is where I live, though it's my girl who is studying.
Truth be told I really dislike all the pomp and hate dressing up (in suits), so I'm about the worst person for the Cambridge life ever. Especially for, like, a dinner, suits are so inconvenient and restrictive. Ugh.
That being said, my rented tux looks ok - had to go a bit bigger in the shoulders to avoid being wrecked by waist supression, but the trousers are basically spot on.
Will be getting a self-tie bow tie for sure, and might even head in to Old Hat - wouldn't mind another suit (just not for eating dinner in) and a few new shirts.
Ha, I hear you. It was fun at the time though, and probably the last time in my life I could get away with literally anything so long as it followed the rules to the letter (there's a photo somewhere of a linen suit with a checked navy shirt and a yellow/green/red/orange tie...).
If I were to go back, I'd get a splendid DB smoking jacket in dark green or midnight blue or dark red velvet and rock that to the black tie events. It's "legal". It might even be supremely comfortable, in those underheated halls (or when the lady takes you as her +1 to her college Ball), and cycling in the cold windy night.
It will definitely be cheap second hand, even from a reputable Savile Row tailor, because there is literally no other occasion, time or place where you will get away with it again (at least I have not found one), and yet it's completely alright, almost encouraged in Cambridge.
The trick for shopping is to wait for the January sale in Savile Row (first 2 weeks?). This is where I got some of my best clothes, including a glorious blazer from Chester Barrie before it got ruined, complete with the most amazing hand stitching of the lapels. The markdown can get pretty insane in both the Row and Jermyn Street.