Hi, I have a specific black tie question, and I've trawled the threads without finding an exact answer.
I just bought a dinner suit with a tall, satin waistband on the pants. Certainly not cummerbund height, but taller than normal-- roughly 4". The rise on the pants is sufficient, and they fit well enough that without a cummerbund, no shirt appears below the button on the jacket.
I want to dress traditionally, in general, though I'm not a total stickler.
The question is-- cummerbund or no cummerbund? In most situations, I'd wear the cummerbund, but with the larger waistband, I wonder if it looks a bit redundant and busier than intended.
Yes, I should send pics. But it's at the tailor at the moment. So, I've included a picture of bond in thuderball, which isn't wildly different (mine is a bit more understated-- just looks like smooth satin, hooks behind it on the side, so it's an unbroken, clean line. And it goes unbroken to the top of the pants waist).
Please let me know your thoughts!