- Feb 28, 2011
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Hi, this is my first post, but I've been lurking for a while. I'm at university and I have a ball coming up to which I plan to wear black tie. I've already got a dinner jacket, but it's quite old (a Hepworths by Hardy Amies suit from the '80s that I managed to get from ebay for about Â£20 and wore for my school leavers' ball!). I'm financially dependent on my dad, and I convinced him to let me spend Â£300 on a new dinner suit (because I had my eye on this). However, when I actually tried the old one on the other night, I realised there was nothing particularly wrong with it, apart from uncovered buttons, which I can get replaced. I don't like the narrow shawl collar either, but that's hardly a good enough reason to buy a new suit. Here's a picture (not very clear but better than nothing) . I'm not sure what to do now. Here are the options I'm considering: a) Buy the Charles Tyrwhitt suit anyway b) Use the money, or some of it, to improve what I have now. I don't have proper evening shoes (I just wear my normal black captoes) so I could get a pair of patent lace-ups (I'm thick skinned enough to wear opera pumps but I don't think I'd be able to get them in time for the ball). Does anyone know where I'd be able to get a pair for under Â£100? If I go with this option, I'll probably get a black homburg from Christy's as well, because I'm a hat wearer (and the theme of the ball is '30s Hollywood anyway...). What should I do?