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I am new to the world of formal wear and need several questions answered. The tuxedo is a black peak lapel one button. 1. What type of shirt is worn (I assume it is a white turn down collar with french cuffs)? 2. Are cumberbunds regularly worn, and if they are, the ruffles are pointed down, correct? any help is appreciated. Thanks
post #2 of 10
1.  White shirt with pique or pleated front, wing or spread collar.  It seems that we on the Styleforum prefer the pique front with a spread collar.  Double cuffs are correct, single cuffs are for white tie only. 2.  Cummerbunds are worn in the absence of a vest, and I'm fairly sure that the pleats should open to the top.
post #3 of 10
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Thanks bro, I started to think about the cumberbund and my army mess dress opens to the top, but I thought I had read on here that in the civilian world they go down. Up they will stay
post #4 of 10
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2.  Cummerbunds are worn in the absence of a vest, and I'm fairly sure that the pleats should open to the top.
Pleats definitely go up.  "Rules" books always mention their original purpose as a place to hold opera tickets... Regards, dan
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post #6 of 10
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Double cuffs are correct, single cuffs are for white tie only.
Not exactly. Single cuffs are required on a wing collar shirt, which is optional with black tie, required with white tie.
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(hopkins_student @ April 05 2005,19:12) 2. Cummerbunds are worn in the absence of a vest, and I'm fairly sure that the pleats should open to the top.
Pleats definitely go up. "Rules" books always mention their original purpose as a place to hold opera tickets... Regards, dan
Tis' I or is a vest a better look than cummerbund? Jon.
post #8 of 10
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Not exactly.  Single cuffs are required on a wing collar shirt, which is optional with black tie, required with white tie.
Does single cuff mean that the cuff doesn't fold in half like the typical french cuff but still requires cufflinks?
post #9 of 10
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Does single cuff mean that the cuff doesn't fold in half like the typical french cuff but still requires cufflinks?
Exactly.
post #10 of 10
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Tis' I or is a vest a better look than cummerbund?
Depends on the person.  I think I look better with a cummerbund because of the longer "shirt line" showing between the lapels that a vest would otherwise partially cover. dan
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