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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Master-Classter, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Distinguished Member

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    Are you getting married in the evening? Just wear a suit and invest in a nice one.
     


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    You might be able to get a decent tuxedo for $400 or so at Men's Wearhouse. Just please wear a bow tie and not a regular tie. Also, don't wear a tuxedo during the day. You probably already know this from reading blacktieguide, but it bears repeating.

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    Eh, nobody cares about the day/night thing anymore, and rightfully so. There's so little call for formalwear in the modern world that it makes a lot more sense to have only one set in normal use. In Europe, where it's a little more common, (wedding guests are expected in formalwear, more social occasions) retaining distinct sets of day/night formalwear makes sense, but they've gone from four to two.

    A tuxedo is, in the modern world, simply generic formalwear.

    Oh, and no long ties. No white ties. Bad, bad, bad. It simply looks bad with the getup. You want a black bowtie, and unless it's a traditional low cut vest, no vest at all. Cummerbund or nothing in that case. One button or double breasted, peak or shawl lapel. No notches. Once upon a time it was an acceptable option, but now it screams cheap and crappy. Buy your own, you can get a presentable tux (that will be better quality than the rental) for not much more than a rental these days. Jos A. Bank or hell, something at Men's Warehouse, and get it tailored.

    Or, as previously mentioned, buy a nice suit. Treat yourself to a good one, get it tailored to perfection, and wear it for decades after your wedding.
     
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    Quick Qu.: Should one treat (wax/polish/other) new shoes before wearing them out?
     


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    They do that at the factory. If the finish is duller than you like, you could touch them up or put a mirror shine on them if that's your thing, but there's no need to.
     


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    Tell that to just about everybody on this board. The problem with a black tuxedo during the day is that it tends to look washed out with a greenish cast. So if you are looking for a practical reason, there it is.

    I agree about the white/long tie thing as well as a proper tuxedo. For under $500, Jos. A. Bank might be the only option for peak lapel 1 button and grosgrain facing. Otherwise, there is a Charles Tyrwhitt one, but I don't know if the facing is grosgrain.
     


  7. wizzeak

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    I'll be graduating soon and "menswear" is new to me so I have a few questions.

    1) Is a suit more appropriate for graduation, or just a shirt and tie?

    2) Can anyone suggest some color patterns for shirt, tie, and pants? It doesn't have to be super formal and I want to stand out (but not in a Craig Sager or Don Cherry way lol). I usually wear shades (boring), so I want to start adding some color.

    thanks!
     
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  8. Ich_Dien

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    Wear a suit unless it will be unbearably hot with your gown. Your college / university tie is usually a good bet with all University related things.
     


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    I'll be attending an outdoor evening wedding in mid-July in central Maryland. Chances are that the groom will barely be wearing a necktie, according to the bride to be but I can't be certain. Most men will likely be dressed in polos and khaki pants. I'm not TRYING to outdress everyone but I expect it to be quite warm and I would like to dress respectfully.

    I intend to wear a blue/white seersucker suit and was thinking of a blue dress shirt and your basic white AE bucks. Would a cotton madras (reds and blues, mostly) necktie be acceptable for that time of day?
     


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    Was there a dress code on the invite? If you are not sure if even the groom is wearing a tie, you might want to go tie-less and wear a summer sport jacket and slacks with a PS for a little color. BTW, you are making us cental Marylanders look bad on SF. :embar:
     


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    No dress code mention on the invitation. I have discussed it with the B2B and she says that she doesn't want to make anyone uncomfortable so she's fine with "whatever". I won't fall for THAT little trick again, though. I attended a "beach wedding" on a Mexican beach. I was told to "wear whatever would be comfortable, really, anything's fine." I wore a guyabera shirt and linen pants. Everyone else showed up in a suit. :angry:

    How so? :puzzled: What'd I do, now?
     
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    +1000. I very much doubt Men's Warehouse have the appropriate type of vest, and a high-cut normal vest with black tie is an abomination.
     


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    I'm a slender guy - 5'11", 145 lbs. Which suit for the office?

    1. Banana Republic Monogram
    2. Brooks Brothers 1818 Fitzgerald

    Thanks.
     


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    The Brooks Brothers will be much higher quality. If it fits right, that one.
     


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    Hey all!

    Quick question. I'm about to finish my undergraduate program - so far all my workplaces (and my expected workplace) will not be very formal, therefore I generally don't need to wear a suit. However, I do want to have at least one other suit besides my somewhat cruddy Zara black 2PC. I know it's not even close to meeting the standards set here but the details on the fit are pretty awesome.

    I also have a very versatile navy blazer, it was a MTM piece from Brooks Brothers - they did a truly awesome job, the jacket is perfect and the price was spot on with my corp. discount.

    That being said, if I were to pick up a first real suit, should I go with:

    This Tom Ford RTW suit:
    http://www.styleforum.net/t/297249/...eak-lapel-charcoal-grey-with-pinstripe-base-a

    A WW Chan suit:
    I really don't know how pricing is but I'm hoping it's around $1,500

    A RL Black Label or Purple Label suit:
    I think I can find a RLBL for around $750 or so. If not, for sure under $1,000.

    Given these factors, which suit would you go for? I'm tempted to go the Tom Ford route because of its high retail and supposedly sublime quality - but what do you guys think? It'd definitely be worn when a suit is really needed.

    Thanks!
     


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