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Altering a black suit to a tuxedo

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I have a black Armani suit that I don't wear often, and thought that it could be put to better use if I could somehow have it altered to become a tuxedo. Has anyone done that before?
post #2 of 15
It is possible (but expensive; at leat a couple hundred bucks) to have the lapels refaced. And covering the buttons is easy enough. But what about the other details? Are there notched lapels? Flapped pockets? A center vent? If so, it will not look entirely right. The trousers should be easy to convert, by the way.
post #3 of 15
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This is the Attolini look I'd like to achieve.  This Attolini tux has 3-button, notched lapel, ventless, flat front pants.  My black suit has simliar details but has flapped hip pockets that can be tucked in (don't know the term for it).   What other details should I be looking at?
post #4 of 15
Oh, dear. So many rules trampled upon. Well, it's a look, of sorts. But it is not a classic dinner jacket. And that four in hand tie: fine for business, incorrect for black tie. By the way, that does not look like a 3-button jacket, more like a one button. In any case, a 3-button dinner jacket is seriously not right.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
It is a 3-button Attolini jacket.. Perhaps that's why it is on eBay because of all the rules infringement Where does the satin lining go? - Lapel - Jacket buttons - Breast and hip pocket seams? - Sleeve buttons? - Pants side seams? Anywhere else?
post #6 of 15
Not on the breast pocket, but you covered them all. I have seen self-welt on the hip pockets as well. I wonder how hard it would be to convert a notch lapel into a peak lapel. If you are refacing it anyway, you may as well do away with the most blatant rules violation.
post #7 of 15
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And that four in hand tie: fine for business, incorrect for black tie.
What is the correct tie knot for black tie, assuming that bow tie is a no go for me?
post #8 of 15
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It is a 3-button Attolini jacket..  
Funny, I cannot see the other two buttonholes or buttons in the photo. It really, really looks like a one-button jacket. Which would make it slightly more in keeping with black tie traditions, but the notch lapels are a serious discrepancy.
post #9 of 15
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What is the correct tie knot for black tie, assuming that bow tie is a no go for me?
Only a black bow tie is correct for black tie.
post #10 of 15
I can see the other two buttons. They're very faint in the picture, but they're there.
post #11 of 15
Why the pref. for satin. I think grosgrain is much more refined. I recently saw a (black mattish silk) Baldessarini with a very tight texture grosgrain that looked pretty amazing. If you find a source for facings, please post them. I can only seem to find the satin ones. The grosgrain is a little harder to come by.
post #12 of 15
I prefer grosgrain too, but either is correct.
post #13 of 15
What rules are trampeled upon? Notch Lapel, 3 buttons that's all I can see there. I'm asking because I want to know. I know nothing about formal wear.
post #14 of 15
Pocket piping not made with same material as lapel facings; turn-down collar shirt; four-in-hand tie.
post #15 of 15
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Pocket piping not made with same material as lapel facings; turn-down collar shirt; four-in-hand tie.
Ahh, didnt notice the pockets. Not to worried about the collar and tie myself, thats the fault of the eBay seller, not Attolini.
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