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post #23941 of 30512
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What an smart informalist style , makes me want to smile as well . If I had to be picky I think I would wear the trousers a touch longer to not show any sock when standing, but otherwise I think it looks great. Intrigued what did you buy in the beige suit cover ?   

They were giving them away at a Tommy Bahama, and so I grabbed one. I use it all the time to keep stuff in order on road trips when a full size garment bag would be too bulky.

This was just before my buddy and I went up to Newport to watch the tournament, and play on the grass.

This outfit was in the bag, and one other.



J
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Looking for a good quality overcoat. Single breasted, full length (below knee). Cashmere preferred, wool-cashmere blend or all wool OK. Needs to be warm enough for temps commonly in the teens (Fahrenheit). Bought a BB Loro Piana from an SF seller that was great but it turned out to be far too big (and smelled bad). I'm in a small town, 2.5 hrs drive to Nordstroms/BB/etc. and will probably have to do this by online purchase. Was looking at Baroni. Have to stay below $1,000 and would like to stay below $700. I might survive the cold until the day after Christmas to catch the annual BB sale but I don't know if their versions go on sale this low. I'm a 40R in their Fitzgerald fit but the BB overcoat I tried was a 40R and the shoulders were too wide - maybe I'm more of a 38R for an overcoat. Thanks in advance for recommendations.

post #23943 of 30512

Try the Suitsupply overcoat.

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Thrifting women's silk scarves and hacking pieces off of them to make pocket squares.

 

Fair or foul?

 

J

post #23945 of 30512
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Originally Posted by Monkeyface View Post

Try the Suitsupply overcoat.
I don't see any full length overcoats on their site.
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Oh, missed that. Anyway, SS is the only one who has cashmere overcoats within your budget that I know if.

 

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Hi - I've been invited to a ball for this Saturday night, starting with dinner at 6:30.  The invitation states "Cocktail Attire" for the dress code, but last year when I went, several attendees were wearing tuxedos.  I don't remember what the invitation said the dress code was last year.

 

Should I wear my tuxedo?  If not, would a navy suit with a conservative tie and black AE PAs be appropriate?

 

Google "2012 Billiard Ball Dallas" for more pictures of last year's attire.

 

Thanks in advance.

post #23948 of 30512
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Originally Posted by HeywoodJablome View Post

Hi - I've been invited to a ball for this Saturday night, starting with dinner at 6:30.  The invitation states "Cocktail Attire" for the dress code, but last year when I went, several attendees were wearing tuxedos.  I don't remember what the invitation said the dress code was last year.

Should I wear my tuxedo?  If not, would a navy suit with a conservative tie and black AE PAs be appropriate?

Google "2012 Billiard Ball Dallas" for more pictures of last year's attire.

Thanks in advance.

I wouldn't, you get few enough people in tuxes when you request them.

Cocktail attire to me has always been an excuse to have a bit of fun. The last one time I wore a three piece black on black windowpane suit, with a light pink shirt which had white pinstripes, collar, and French cuffs, with a black bowtie that had silver tennis racquets on it. (fundraiser at the tennis club)

I would think it would be an opportunity to wear maybe some stuff that wasn't "proper black tie", or a velvet jacket, something you obviously wouldn't wear to work at a bank.

J
post #23949 of 30512
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Originally Posted by HeywoodJablome View Post

Hi - I've been invited to a ball for this Saturday night, starting with dinner at 6:30.  The invitation states "Cocktail Attire" for the dress code, but last year when I went, several attendees were wearing tuxedos.  I don't remember what the invitation said the dress code was last year.

Should I wear my tuxedo?  If not, would a navy suit with a conservative tie and black AE PAs be appropriate?
1. Maybe the invitation last year didn't specify "cocktail attire." Perhaps it was "black tie optional." Or perhaps some attendees wrongly assumed that tuxedos were cocktail attire. Or maybe some attendees didn't own dark suits, so they rented tuxedos. Or maybe whatever.

In any case, what the dress code was last year does not matter. What some attendees wore to the event last year does not matter. Indeed, what some attendees may choose to wear to this year's event should not particularly matter to you, either.

2. The dress code this year calls for "cocktail attire." This means you should wear a dark suit. Your navy suit, conservative tie, and black AE Park Avenues, sound fine.

Lots of posts to SF are from people who can't resist over-thinking and over-complicating things. In this instance, you have an invitation to an event for which the specified dress code is cocktail attire. Do the simple, sensible thing, and assume that your host or hostess means cocktail attire, when he or she specifies cocktail attire.

And if you wear a tuxedo, you are over-dressed for cocktail attire.
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Thanks for the feedback.  I won't wear a tux.  I will wear either the navy suit, or a midnight blue velvet sport coat with charcoal slacks, white shirt, and charcoal bow tie, and fun pocket square.

post #23951 of 30512
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Thrifting women's silk scarves and hacking pieces off of them to make pocket squares.

Fair or foul?

J

Fair, as long as it's not something identifiable like an hermes that you can sell for big bucks.
post #23952 of 30512
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Originally Posted by J011yroger View Post

Thrifting women's silk scarves and hacking pieces off of them to make pocket squares.

Fair or foul?
Finish the edges with a rolled hem, and how could one object?

A local alterations tailor used to be willing to do this for a few bucks per square.

If you're hacking a piece off the scarf, leaving the edges unfinished and fraying, and wearing it as a pocket square... well, that's really pushing the envelope, in my opinion. Even if the square's worn in such a way that nobody will notice the edges, it just seems like quarter-assing it. (Quarter-assing it is when you'd have to up your efforts a little to reach even half-assed status.)
post #23953 of 30512
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Originally Posted by HeywoodJablome View Post

Thanks for the feedback.  I won't wear a tux.  I will wear either the navy suit, or a midnight blue velvet sport coat with charcoal slacks, white shirt, and charcoal bow tie, and fun pocket square.

Wear the velvet jacket with a black bowtie. And black trousers. Perfect cocktail attire, and you won't feel underdressed if others are wearing tuxes. biggrin.gif

I love velvet jackets for evenings.
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I am considering buying this gray suit but I am wondering if this is kinda redundant considering that I already have dark navy blue, navy blue, royal blue, and spanish blue. I have my eyes set on a light grey glen plaid but it is DB. What seems to be the better choice? One above or the one below?


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A glen plaid is a must! Grab it! biggrin.gif
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