Charles Tyrwhitt evening waistcoat

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  1. WICaniac

    WICaniac Senior member

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    Per Blacktieguide.com and numerous postings here, I'm having a devilish time finding a proper, low-cut waistcoat to go with my SB PL tuxedo. I counted myself lucky, then, when I found this from Charles Tyrwhitt for a fraction of the price asked by Oliver Brown, Ede & Ravenscroft, etc.

    As it (like the tux) is wool, I was aware that I could have a problem matching fabrics and colors, but I was unprepared for this image on the product page:

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    I wrote customer service and expressed my concern about the length of the waistcoat and received this incredible response:


    "In regards to the Dinner Waistcoat (DJ009BLK42) itself, the reason why it does not cover the trouser waist is because it is ideally and primarily worn with a Black Silk Cummerbund (NE003BLK)."

    Needless to say, this doesn't inspire confidence in the product or the company. Has anyone purchased this waistcoat? Is this typical of CT customer service?

    I know this question's been asked before, but what are my best alternatives for a waistcoat in this style (ideally in faille)? Has anyone tried Waistcoatsdirect.co.uk? I'm thinking of sending them faille to make me their "Mr. U."
     
  2. Anthony Jordan

    Anthony Jordan Senior member

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    You may not be at all comfortable with the idea, but have you considered a white waistcoat? I suggest it as they are relatively easy to find online, can be found fairly inexpensively, obviate any mathing issues and, finally, would set off your vintage detachable buttons beautifully. Just a thought.
     
  3. Geezer

    Geezer Senior member

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    I can sadly believe that some cretinous knob-end in Charles Tyrwhitt customer service might believe that a dress waistcoat should be worn over a cummerbund.

    I am partly posting in deep sympathy with your having to deal with such a cretinous knob-end in Charles Tyrwhitt customer service, but mostly to increase the chances of Google including the words "cretinous knob-end" in searches for "Charles Tyrwhitt customer service".

    Have I mentioned "Charles Tyrwhitt customer service" and "cretinous knob-end" often enough yet?
     
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    flirtkakat Senior member

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    I'm here about the cretinous knob-ends at CT.. I hear they're causing quite a stir, the bastards. Cretinous knob-ends they are.
     
  5. TimelesStyle

    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    It's possible to interpret the reply as you did, but there is perhaps another explanation: perhaps they meant that since the dinner suit is usually worn with a cummerbund (instead of a waistcoat) that the gap wouldn't be there since the height of the cummerbund can be in accordance with where on the waist you wear the trousers. The vest, OTOH, is limited since it hangs from your shoulders.

    I wouldn't worry too much about this, since at worst you'll just end up hiking your trousers up a little higher, which is quite easy with tux trousers, as one wears braces and there is a bit of room left in the waist.
     
  6. Anthony Jordan

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    TimelessStyle, I think you are being generous to CT there; if you look at the construction of the sentence, the "it" which is "ideally and primarily worn with a black silk cummerbund" is almost certainly the waistcoat. This sort of sartorial misdirection is not new, unfortunately. A few years ago 'Mr Hackett' was advising people to flip the leaves of their stiff detachable collars up when tying their ties, a challenging piece of advice which, if followed, is guaranteed to ruin the finish, if not damage the collar.
     
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    marcodalondra Senior member

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    I have seen the Duke of Windsor Tartan dinner suit in person when it was re-auctioned last year and it was designed to indeed be worn with cummerbund and waistcoat at the same time, si there is some sort of tradition, however I would have preferred a not aligned waistcoat as per example below[​IMG]
     
  8. Anthony Jordan

    Anthony Jordan Senior member

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    My eyes!
     
  9. WICaniac

    WICaniac Senior member

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    I considered this option but eventually bit the bullet and ordered this from Favourbrook. They're making it in a moire silk that matches my RRL tie and substituting stud holes for the buttons. I was very impressed with the customer service I received and have high expectations for the waistcoat itself.
     
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    Sounds marvellous - I look forward to seeing it.
     
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    TimelesStyle Senior member

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    I personally like the look, when the jacket is worn open, but it doesn't solve the "Bermuda Triangle" issue when it's buttoned. It also rules out the possibility of a pleated shirt, as a white (presumably pique) waistcoat can really only be worn with a marcella evening shirt. Not sure whether it matters; I prefer marcella anyways.
     

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