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Dress to tango?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by epa, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. epa

    epa Senior member

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    But this other look, please Lord have mercy!... he looks like a caveman

    http://www.cosmotango.com/Ch&Euge 2.jpg


    The “caveman” is supposed to be one of the best tango dancers today, at least in the "new generation". His looks may not be the "classical" ones.
    I what regards the photos of "classical" tango dancers, I must say that when I say "dressing up" to dance I do not mean that people should dress like if they were going to some “high society in the 1930’s” theme masquerade (with the men tending to look like waiters) or that women should dress like hookers on a Buenos Aires brothel in the early 40’s.… I just think that it is nice if people try to look elegant, within the relevant context. For example, not looking like if they were at the gym...
    I am thinking about getting myself a “slim suit” for the milongas, I am just not sure about how a suit should look like in order to be considered adequately “slim”. I am not familiar with that term.
     
  2. lakewolf

    lakewolf Senior member

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    well by a slim suit I refer to a modern cut suit, one that is near to the body, have narrow lapels, high armpit holes, slim pants legs... a Italian cut suit or maybe like Helmut Lang or Theory in the US, or like this spanish younger Mexx suits that are cheaper so you can wear them with no fear to damage them... I do use an Italian black suit that is made of 100% "Natural elastic" wool... I don't know how do they do this... it is maybe the weaving of the fabric but it is really elastic...

    And this because as they are closer to the body, the fit is more like and atletic suit ( think cyclists or athletes ), then the suit will not be unconfortable while dancing... that is also almost a sports activity sometimes... ( off course if you ignore the beauty of the dance, and the gorgeous partner )
     
  3. epa

    epa Senior member

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    Sounds interesting.
    Where can you get such an "elastic wool" suit? OTR or MTM? Do you know if Zegna, for example, does such suits of "elastic wool"? I would like to get myself one (I guess I would need to get an MTM one, because OTR suits never fit me and I guess that a slim suit would look horrible if the fit is not the right one), but only if it could be used also on other occasions. Could it be used also as "informal" business wear?
    What about posting a photo?
     
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    But this other look, please Lord have mercy!... he looks like a caveman

    http://www.cosmotango.com/Ch&Euge 2.jpg


    As epa notes, the guy in the cosmotango photo, Mariano Frumboli (nicknamed "Chico"), is THE best improvisational tango dancer on earth. Bar none. I've seen him perform at least half a dozen times on stage with others of very high repute; I've also taken five seminars with him (which are always sold out weeks before he arrives). While a middling teacher, as a dancer/performer the guy's a natural. Crowds go wild, even the old timers (who preserve the tradition and old mannerisms of tango).

    His look may be very unconventional, as is his dancing, but don't knock it; he's the real deal and everybody accepts him.
     
  5. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    LA Guy, do you wear a T-shirt with the suit? I think that I have seen some postings on SF against wearing a suit without a tie (unless you are wearing a turtleneck)... What is the definition of a slim suit?

    A slim suit is just that - mine fit me like a sheath - high arm holes, hardly any space between the suit body of the suit and myself, slim, flat front pants.

    Yes, plenty of people frown on wearing tees with a suit, but I like it.
     
  6. lakewolf

    lakewolf Senior member

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    I started my tango dancing courses and I am happy!
     
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    Sounds interesting.
    Where can you get such an "elastic wool" suit? OTR or MTM? Do you know if Zegna, for example, does such suits of "elastic wool"? I would like to get myself one (I guess I would need to get an MTM one, because OTR suits never fit me and I guess that a slim suit would look horrible if the fit is not the right one), but only if it could be used also on other occasions. Could it be used also as "informal" business wear?
    What about posting a photo?


    It's just woven using a high-twist yarn unless they're sneaking some elastane or something in there.

    Anyway, your jacket doesn't need to be stretchy, the most important thing for dancing is high armholes and the freedom of movement they provide. If you can't move your arms around without your jacket propping up then you shouldn't wear it.

    Btw, I recently started salsa dancing. I have no problems wearing my borrellis at this point, but I imagine that as I get better and increase the pace (and sweat more), I'll probably take them off. I'd hate having to dry-clean them all the time. Regardless, you can still dress better than 99% of the guys in those places w/o a suit or jacket. I far outdress people at the clubs I go to, but that's pretty much the case everywhere I go so I never feel out of place because it's what I wear all the time.

    Right now your clothes should be less of an issue than your leading skills. The faster you get those up, the more women will want to dance with you. Women like to "dance up", not down. If milongas are anything like salsa clubs, women will dance with you if you're good, period. If you're off-beat, it won't matter how well you're dressed. Right now I'm thankful I have some female friends to practice with or it would be very difficult indeed.

    On a side note, I've been told that most men have a very steep learning curve but that when all that stuff we're learning in the beginning clicks, it becomes an exponential curve. Good luck!
     
  8. lakewolf

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    I am a salsa dancer GQgeek, and know how to lead [​IMG] you are right in all points...

    and Yes, it is difficult to dance salsa in a suit, if you do it right you'd sweat a lot... I go on a suit to the clubs but dance without the jacket and with the shirt collar opened 2 buttons...
     
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    Back to report that I started Tango dancing and I love it... I am the best dressed in the group, only second to the teachers...
     

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