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Advice: What to tell my girlfriend

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Craiger, Dec 3, 2012.

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  1. EBugatti

    EBugatti Senior member

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    Women get their ideas on fashion from magazines, celebrities, what's "in" at the moment, what the "cool kids" are wearing etc. this is completely different from men. That's why she is pushing the new awful "trendy" looks. I bet she prefers square-toed Aldos and Kenneth Coles to EG, CJ et al. put her in her place man.
     
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    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    While these reasons make sense, are they the only valid reasons for choosing such accessories? I ask because they seem to conflict a bit with things I've seen/heard. Regarding the cummerbund, I've heard that one is supposed to leave a dinner jacket open (the way a tailcoat is left open) which therefore negates the stated reason for a waist covering. In that case it would seem to me that its primary purpose is to keep anyone seeing the transition from studs to buttons, since nobody has studs all the way down a shirt.

    And regarding the bow tie, that doesn't seem to make much sense for those wearing a waistcoat, since it would be behind the waistcoat. It makes extra good sense for those with a cummerbund, since it would look ridiculous to have the tie hang below that, though. I always assumed it had something to do with the fact that a bow was worn for white tie (which originated well before today's neck tie was the norm for daytime dress) and was worn as a matter of tradition.

    Then again, I could be wrong on some of the above, as they're just my observations (other than the open jacket, which I've read about here).
     
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    B I N G O ! Stand up for yourself now ... before it's too late.
     
  4. Fraiche

    Fraiche Senior member

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    Here's the thing. We don't know how you look in the outfit you want to wear.

    You could be wearing the right style but the fit or the ensemble altogether might not look congruent or it looks old fashioned cause the cut is from the 90s which leads her to think you need to follow a prescribed style that she's seen somewhere.

    Why don't you post a pic of you in the particular outfit. Perhaps tweaking it may make her change her mind.
     
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    If your GF's experience with black tie is truly as she suggests, she's hanging out with too damned many people who take their fashion cues from watching red carpet events on Entertainment Tonight. I have yet to attend any black tie event where your GF's styling cues are the norm. If you want to look as "trendy" and clueless as the rest of the hip crowd, be my guest. While proper black tie dress may not have the "in" look, it will never be out of place.
     
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  6. Thanks SF (a new me)

    Thanks SF (a new me) Senior member

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    this thread has delivered enough lols for us (with wife) to an otherwise shitty week for me...Thanks guys
     

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