What is dark brown velour?
Isn't this just dark brown calf leather?
I've been lurking for the last several months and need some advice as I'm getting married in 3 weeks and don't have a tuxedo! I've rented from Men's Warehouse before but want to keep the tuxedo I get married in. I know someone that can get me a Vinci tuxedo at cost but they look like they're lower end material http://www.vincisuits.com. I have a budget of maybe $500 with some leeway. Any recommendations on where I can go to get something that looks nice and will last for a while? I live in a major metropolitan with access to most major clothing retailers and designers.
Congrats on the marriage!
You should move fast on this, as tailoring takes time.
I don't know anything about Vinci but based on a quick look at the website I'm skeptical. For $500 you might be in Suit Supply range. Check out Put This On's Black Tie Guide (http://putthison.com/tagged/Black-Tie-Guide) which is about getting a tux and so on on a budget. Important will be finding a decent tailor. Move fast so there's time for the tailor to do the work!
Depending on your level of formality, you might also consider getting a very dark navy suit. This will be much more versatile than a tux.
Or something in between is a black suit, which is not nearly as versatile as navy but moreso than a tux. Good for weddings and other formal events, as well as funerals. But black is generally not a good color for business, church, other such daytime affairs.
Whatever you get, take it to a tailor that knows what he/she is doing (not just the local alterationist for this).
If you're really crunched for time, as it sounds like you are, you might go to a Nordstrom Rack and look through their navy or dark suits. Get a couple that you think might work well, then take to the tailor for his/her eye. He will be able to tell you if you got the right size and if the suit can be made to fit you very well. (Then return the other one.)
Difficult for me to imagine a church wedding where this wouldn't be appropriate.
If you want to show a little disrespect (for not getting invited to the party), maybe wear the navy suit coat with khakis and black shoes.
Not feeling like opening the 100th collar style question thread (yet).
Whenever I think I have a clear understanding of collars, I keep running into stuff that makes me question myself again...
I get the whole point vs spread discussion, and understand that actually all collars have a spread and points, and that it's more a figure of speech, but here goes.
But what is this? I would think it is a semi-spread.
It is listed as a 'traditional point collar' : http://www.bestcustomshirt.com/Traditional-Point-Collar-Dress-Shirts.php
Right but in playing the ebay game i've come across several lovely shell pairs (that don't fit me). This pair is somehow different, shinier, plasticky-ier. wondering if there's some extra finish on the shell that i should try to remove. I'll see if I can capture it with pictures when I get back home next week.