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post #19936 of 33186
Hey guys - help me choose between two options for a black tie optional holiday party!

Either way, I'll be wearing a wing-collar formal shirt, my dinner suit black watch tartan bow tie, yellow braces and black hose and patent leather shoes.

With this outfit... I'm trying to choose the right combination of pants and waist covering.
  • Option 1: Tartan cummerbund, with the dinner suit's pants. I do worry about the color contrast between tartan and the canary yellow braces (yes, you're not supposed to take off your jacket but there's going to be dancing and it's just going to happen haha shog[1].gif
  • Option 2: The dinner suit's U-waistcoat, with my black watch tartan trews. I feel this is more distinctive, but perhaps would stand out a bit too much.

I'm sure combining the tartan bow tie, cummerbund and trews would be too much.

Thoughts?
post #19937 of 33186
Option 2 with a black tie would be more classic. I see this worn at military balls all of the time. Black Watch is acceptable for anyone to wear- but you will give the impression that you are of Scottish descent, whether you are or not.
post #19938 of 33186

Just wondering how the fit of this dress shirt is. I am a college student trying to transition to a more professional wardrobe. This is a small BR tailored slim shirt. The arms are too long/baggy correct? How is the body? Sorry for the poor quality image.

 

 

post #19939 of 33186
Arms can be slimmed for probably around ~$15. So if the shirt is still within your budget after alterations then keep it.
post #19940 of 33186
Should I go with plain or patterned gold buttons for a navy blazer?
post #19941 of 33186

Where could I acquire some heavyish blackwatch tartan trousers? I don't have the cash for anything approaching purple label, even on sale.

post #19942 of 33186
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Originally Posted by clarksdb View Post

Should I go with plain or patterned gold buttons for a navy blazer?

I like metal buttons, other people here don't. But if you don't go with metal, have something contrasting put on- horn is the classic choice. Matching buttons are boring as hell, and make it look too much like you just took the jacket from a suit.

I say metal instead of gold because gold tones are not your only choice- my current blazer has antique silver buttons.
post #19943 of 33186
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

I say metal instead of gold because gold tones are not your only choice- my current blazer has antique silver buttons.

Mine aren't silver, but are stainless steel, and I do love the slightly different contrast. Still clearly a blazer, but a bit different than the standard brass buttons.
post #19944 of 33186
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

Mine aren't silver, but are stainless steel, and I do love the slightly different contrast. Still clearly a blazer, but a bit different than the standard brass buttons.

I'm not sure if mine actually silver either, but that's the name of the finish. Probably plated or something.
post #19945 of 33186
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Originally Posted by AmericanGent View Post

Option 2 with a black tie would be more classic. I see this worn at military balls all of the time. Black Watch is acceptable for anyone to wear- but you will give the impression that you are of Scottish descent, whether you are or not.

Not sure I follow - either option has black watch in it... it's just a question of bow tie + cummerbund or bow tie + trews.
post #19946 of 33186
I got a clothing planning question:
I currently own a bunch of chinos (mostly tan/beige, a red, navy and yellow one, no gray), which I consider decent, but not great.

Furthermore, I mostly wear a sweater and a shirt underneath. Occasionally, I wear a SC, but not that often.

Now, I want to buy several pair of pants this year, HowardYount is my primary choice for the time being.
My plan was to buy the following:
1 pair of mid gray 4 seasons
1 pair of light gray 4 seasons.

And now two more. I would prefer them to be wearable all year.
Which ones would you recommend and which color?

Thanks for the input (all kinds of sweater colors FWIW).
post #19947 of 33186
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Originally Posted by Spurious View Post

I got a clothing planning question:
I currently own a bunch of chinos (mostly tan/beige, a red, navy and yellow one, no gray), which I consider decent, but not great.

Furthermore, I mostly wear a sweater and a shirt underneath. Occasionally, I wear a SC, but not that often.

Now, I want to buy several pair of pants this year, HowardYount is my primary choice for the time being.
My plan was to buy the following:
1 pair of mid gray 4 seasons
1 pair of light gray 4 seasons.

And now two more. I would prefer them to be wearable all year.
Which ones would you recommend and which color?

Thanks for the input (all kinds of sweater colors FWIW).

You won't like my answer, but I think you should get a pair of mid-gray flannel and light gray summer weight. I'm not sure where you live, but there really are no garments that can be considered "4 season" in many parts of the world.

post #19948 of 33186
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post


I like metal buttons, other people here don't. But if you don't go with metal, have something contrasting put on- horn is the classic choice. Matching buttons are boring as hell, and make it look too much like you just took the jacket from a suit.

I say metal instead of gold because gold tones are not your only choice- my current blazer has antique silver buttons.

I don't own a navy blazer, but I keep meaning to get one -- and if I do, it will have silver buttons.

post #19949 of 33186
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

You won't like my answer, but I think you should get a pair of mid-gray flannel and light gray summer weight. I'm not sure where you live, but there really are no garments that can be considered "4 season" in many parts of the world.

I live in Switzerland, so the four seasons would probably be great for September to mid November and March to Mid/End June, as well as on not so great summer days (which there are plenty of).

Mid gray flanell was one of the candidates for the third and forth pair, but I am not sure, if they look good with just a sweater + shirt.

Summer weight I wasnt really sure, but people in the HY thread recommended exactly the pair you've mentioned.

Let's say you would go with the mid gray flanell and the light gray summer weight, what other two pair of pants would you recommend?
post #19950 of 33186
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Originally Posted by Spurious View Post

I live in Switzerland, so the four seasons would probably be great for September to mid November and March to Mid/End June, as well as on not so great summer days (which there are plenty of).

Mid gray flanell was one of the candidates for the third and forth pair, but I am not sure, if they look good with just a sweater + shirt.

Summer weight I wasnt really sure, but people in the HY thread recommended exactly the pair you've mentioned.

Let's say you would go with the mid gray flanell and the light gray summer weight, what other two pair of pants would you recommend?

Mid grey flannels go with pretty much everything, so don't sweat that.

I too am a big fan of matching trousers to the weather. I have a bunch of flannels I wear in the winter, and a bunch of tropical wools I wear in the summer. Will be mixing up the tropical wools this summer with some as-yet acquired linen trousers.
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