Daytime Symphony Attire (Chicago)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Caustic Man, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    I don't care about gaining or losing points one bit (whatever that means anyway). Interestingly enough, historically un-matching jackets and trousers were considered more formal than matching ones. So the precedent is there. You don't have to like it, but clearly the stroller is legit. And heavily fucking awesome.

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  2. marcodalondra

    marcodalondra Senior member

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    Depending of which part of the word you are from. A "mezzo tight" is still quite common for Italian wedding, albeit recently you can see more shining fabrics.

    In Vienna they do mattinee where the "stroller" is actually the proper dress code.

    I like the definition of 90% black for Oxford grey. I got married in one and only when seen against proper black most people would recognise it as grey, however it often takes the light much better and therefore details shows better in pictures.

    Unless it is a wedding, the stroller should be worn with a waistcoat matching the jacket IMO
     


  3. Testudo_Aubreii

    Testudo_Aubreii Senior member

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    Thanks, Marco. I'd forgotten the Italian term mezzo tight. A half tight, I.e., half morning dress. Good to know that they're still regularly worn in Italy and Vienna. Yes, Oxford gray is very different than what we now call charcoal. Much more black.
     


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    I'll either be wearing morning dress or a stroller for my next wedding. Luckily all the components save the jackets are the same, I'll get that last.

    Initially I was going to suggest a medium or light grey suit for symphony matinee, but now you've brought up the stroller, I vote that way. Definitely the most kickass choice.
     


  5. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    They are pretty badass, aren't they? Post pics so that the doubters may be silenced!
     


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    venividivicibj Senior member

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    Went to a ballet last month- wore a navy wool worsted.
     


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    colco Senior member

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    But,but, you missed an opportunity to look like an extra in Parade's End :(
     


  8. Testudo_Aubreii

    Testudo_Aubreii Senior member

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    The coat is too short, it should have peak lapels rather than fishmouth, and the vest is too blousy, but the basic idea here is sound. Note that the coat is blue, and is a lounge coat, not a body coat.

    He does not look like an extra in Parade's End to my eye.

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  9. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    There are problems with it, as with the pic I posted, but a decent representation.

    Also: pay no attention to the fools who think formal wear is dated in any way.
     


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    Oh, I don't think all formal wear is dated. Are you going to put something like that together for this trip to the Chicago symphony?
     


  11. colco

    colco Senior member

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    You are right. He doesn't. He looks like a fashion model.



     
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  12. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Depends on if I can get it together in time. Then again, we go to the symphony every month so there will be opportunities.
     


  13. marcodalondra

    marcodalondra Senior member

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    I actually think the above is a (bad) example of what is known somewhere as "d'orsay coat", an hybrid morning/lounge coat, with cutaway front, but short, body coat construction, back as well as often having side pockets...

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  14. colco

    colco Senior member

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    ^^^ certainly nothing old fashioned about these rigs at all :)

    Caustic, I believe there is a picture out there of a styleforum guy doing a stroller from a few years ago that looked cool. Don't remember the handle. From Lexington KY, thrifter, had a blog (the thrifty gent maybe)...
     


  15. Testudo_Aubreii

    Testudo_Aubreii Senior member

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    Thanks, Marco. It's good to have someone who really knows what he's talking about in these matters. Are you sure it's a body coat, though? I don't see any waist seam. I think it's rather a lounge coat cut to look like a d'Orsay/short Newmarket coat.

    I'm sure the cutaway lounge/mezzo tight below won't really pass muster with you, but perhaps the more fashion-forward here might approve, the necessary adjustments for bad fit being made:

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