- Feb 27, 2010
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I am going to be attending a formal, black tie, or "creative" black tieevent for NYE, it will be mostly 21-35 year olds attending with an open bar, dinner and lots of performers (comedy/music). Generally it will be a festive party and without wanting to risk my midnight blue vintage shawl collar rig, or my vintage velvet SB DJ w/ vintage wool blackwatch tartan trews (my "creative" or laid back holiday black tie rig), I picked up a JAB Sig line, peak DJ with grosgrain lapels. It is not RLPL quality but it ticks the "correct" boxes (grosgrain, peak, SB, besom) and won't induce a murderous rage if it gets wrecked at a wild event; it is more or less my "beater" DJ and it was cheaper than a rental including adding working button cuffs and standard tailoring to it. Either way, I am vexed about my waist covering and shirt combo...I ordered a fixed length, point end, self tie, grosgrain bow from Linda at Mainebows (she is fantastic BTW) at the last minute. A matching cummerbund could not be made in time with her other orders/holiday plans taking up time. I wanted to do true a formal waist coat, at least until my cummerbund can be made, but finding a matching wool is impossible so that leaves with with either grosgrain or white pique......... Proper low buttoning grosgrain waistcoats are also nearly impossible to find on a limited timeline; white pique is a lot easier to locate, but I can't stand the idea of a wing collar shit. I have looked at Flusser and he says nothing about the collar choice with white pique, blacktieguide.com only says pique is "usually' paired with a wing collar, but, many posters who are more knowledgeable than myself say only white/wing due to its link to white tie formality. If I nail all the details....SB, one button, peak, grosgrain lapel, matching self tie bow, and patent pumps with a grosgrain ribbon, can a non-pleated turndown collar shirt work with the white pique vest? I have a shirt with a covered placket in stark white marcella, a slightly off white marcella worn w/studs or a white marcella bib front also w/studs. Thanks, and Happy Holidays.