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Do I need to wear a cummerbund?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SuitMyself, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. SuitMyself

    SuitMyself Senior member

    Mar 23, 2008
    I have a new tuxedo (slimmer fit jacket with flat front pants) and the pants have the satin braid down the legs but not a satin waistband. The shirt style is spread collar with pleated front, the black bow tie is tie-it-yourself, and the button-tab braces are black. I have two pairs of shoes: one is patent leather slip-on, and the other is black velvet formal slippers. My question is, do I really need to wear a cummerbund? I don't want to wear a wasitcoat but do I really need to wear a cummerbund?

    All advice and opinions are appreciated. Thank you.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2013
  2. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

    Sep 30, 2009
    The Arena - Centerfield
    Congratulations on your purchase. When standing, the jacket is buttoned anyway so I don't believe a cummerbund to be necessary. With my own mid section widening, a cummerbund would be at best, a 'before dinner' accoutrement. One too many times I found the damned thing rolled up around my waistline, giving others the impression that I am into after-dinner bondage games. Then again, this was not always a bad thing.
  3. Carli

    Carli Active Member

    Nov 19, 2013
    cummerbund i think is not as necessary as it used to be and if you don't feel comfortable just leave it :)
  4. nh10222

    nh10222 Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    The waist should be covered with a cummerbund or suitable waist coat, or a double breasted dinner jacket that remains fastened. Since you've gone beyond the bare necessities with the rest of the outfit, you might as well finish it off with a waist covering.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2013

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