Formal Wear

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  1. hitemup

    hitemup Active Member

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    I am new to the world of formal wear and need several questions answered. The tuxedo is a black peak lapel one button.

    1. What type of shirt is worn (I assume it is a white turn down collar with french cuffs)?

    2. Are cumberbunds regularly worn, and if they are, the ruffles are pointed down, correct?

    any help is appreciated. Thanks
     
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    1.  White shirt with pique or pleated front, wing or spread collar.  It seems that we on the Styleforum prefer the pique front with a spread collar.  Double cuffs are correct, single cuffs are for white tie only.

    2.  Cummerbunds are worn in the absence of a vest, and I'm fairly sure that the pleats should open to the top.
     
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    Thanks bro,
    I started to think about the cumberbund and my army mess dress opens to the top, but I thought I had read on here that in the civilian world they go down. Up they will stay
     
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    Pleats definitely go up.  "Rules" books always mention their original purpose as a place to hold opera tickets...

    Regards,

    dan
     
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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Not exactly. Single cuffs are required on a wing collar shirt, which is optional with black tie, required with white tie.
     
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    (hopkins_student @ April 05 2005,19:12) 2. Cummerbunds are worn in the absence of a vest, and I'm fairly sure that the pleats should open to the top.
    Pleats definitely go up. "Rules" books always mention their original purpose as a place to hold opera tickets... Regards, dan
    Tis' I or is a vest a better look than cummerbund? Jon.
     
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    Does single cuff mean that the cuff doesn't fold in half like the typical french cuff but still requires cufflinks?
     
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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Exactly.
     
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    Depends on the person.  I think I look better with a cummerbund because of the longer "shirt line" showing between the lapels that a vest would otherwise partially cover.

    dan
     

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