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BlackTieFoo: Shirt Studs and Other Fooish Contemplations

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mafoofan, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well, the wedding was over the weekend and I wore my full get-up. First time ever in 100% correct black tie. A few observations:

    1. I f*cked up by ordering my shirt with a two-button collar as on my regular shirts. The bottom button tends to show.

    2. A cummerbund is useful even with a double-breasted dinner jacket. When sitting or dancing it's nice to have the option of unbuttoning the jacket.

    3. Even though it was a large black tie event (~250 people) at a fancy hotel with generally well-to-do guests, very few men dressed in fully correct black tie. In fact, there were more guys in black suits with long black ties than ones in a proper tuxedo with a bow tie. Most of the men in correct black tie were over 60. Almost all dinner jackets worn were single breasted with notch lapels. Shoes were egregious across the board. It was basically as if people just wore whatever black shoes they happened to have. Lots of brogues. Lots of loafers, too.

    4. A surprising number of men, young and old, wore pocket squares. They probably shouldn't have as most were awkwardly tucked in (lots of TV-folded silk) or odd in design.

    5. Maybe 1 in 10 men in dinner jackets wore studs. The others were all in regularly buttoned shirts.

    6. There was one other guest I saw with shawl lapels and he was easily 70.

    7. Single-cuff shirts were nowhere to be seen. Everyone but me wore French cuffs. I didn't notice any barrel cuffs.

    8. No matter what anybody says, there is a real advantage to a pique bib front and collar even if not starched. The heavier, highly textured fabric keeps the visible parts of the shirt looking flat and unwrinkled. When you don't have a long tie to cover things up, a regular shirt tends to look too rumpled.
     
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  2. Omar1223

    Omar1223 Senior member

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    foo you got any pics? would love to see them
     
  3. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    We didn't bring a camera but lots of photos were taken. I will post one if I catch it on Facebook or if the bride and groom send me any of the formal shots I was in.
     
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    Dancing with an unbuttoned DB jacket sounds like a recipe for disaster.
     
  5. JonathanCWalker

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    great looking show i have an Edward Green shoe like this
     
  6. F. Corbera

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  7. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Not if you're wearing a cummerbund!
     
  8. pvrhye

    pvrhye Senior member

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    Don't you still end up with 2 car doors dangling from your armpits and a big conical hump on your back when you lean forward?
     
  9. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Don't understand where the hump would come from, but the dangling car door problem isn't so bad, particularly when you have a relatively narrow overlap.
     
  10. pvrhye

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    Hmm, I probably have 60 pounds on you, so maybe that's why I have that problem worse than you do. I'm taller and fatter alike, they they look ridiculous when I have them flapping in the wind. As for the hump, they're counter balanced enough to distend the back when their weight brings them down.
     
  11. Slickman

    Slickman Senior member

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    Which shoes did you go with?
     
  12. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Alden patent oxfords with silk laces I had to order from Cleverley. Looked pretty darn good.
     
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  13. Sterling Gillette

    Sterling Gillette Senior member

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    I have to say that for what most people call dancing, the question of whether or not to button the suit jacket is (technically) irrelevant.

    Foo, it seems you felt comfortable in your getup and enjoyed the event, congrats!
     
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    F. Corbera Senior member

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    Also, assuming foo did some break dancing, which I think is a safe assumption, a head spin with the unbuttoned DB would create magnificent whirling dirvish with the unbuttoned DB.
     
  16. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Every dance I do has a little Funky Chicken in it.
     
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    You are a funky chicken.
     
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