Hello all, I am new to the forum as a poster but I have been lurking for good while now, and this is my first thread. I am attending a black tie dinner in DC in two weeks, the guest list is highly exclusive and President Clinton is the guest of honor. I will be presenting a scholarship award on stage in my late Uncle's honor along with his stepson. I have done this event once in the past and I rented a tuxedo at the time (black, peak lapel, one button) and used my own tuxedo shirt with stud holes, a black cumberbund, a black self tie bow tie and black and sliver stud set. This time around I opted for buying my own tuxedo, I went the vintage route because I love the look of midnight blue; I found one in a shawl collar non-vented design from the late 40's-early 50's. It is a pretty handsome tuxedo and I was lucky that it needed very little tailoring for fit, and just few minor alterations for looks (switched out the plastic buttons for black satin to match the facings). I wanted to add satin turnback facings to the cuff's but I have not found a tailor in Baltimore or DC that is able to do the work, but even without that addition the tux is pretty smart. I am wearing my satin self-tie bowtie, white silk braces (which won't be seen anyway), tailored fly-front, french cuff shirt, cuff links that belonged to my late Uncle that are silver, with black onxy and mother of pearl (they were his lucky cuff links), and pair of highly polished black calf Ferragamo Newland cap-toe bals, a white pocket square, and possibly a red remembrance poppy (we are also honoring a number of people who lost their lives in Iraq). I chose the fly-front shirt because this is the last time we are giving away the scholarship in my Uncle's name and wearing his lucky cuff links is my private way of honoring him in a way that only my Aunt, who gave them to me, would really notice. I could not find a matching stud set so I figured it best to cover the buttons as I hate the exposed look on mother of pearl buttons. My biggest issue is cumberbund choice....I don't want to wear a waist coat because of the heat and the fact that I feel a cumberbund is a better option for shawl collar. I could use my black cumberbund that I already own but I was thinking of a silver or gray satin model as another option. Please do not suggest maroon (I hate that look). I have seen it said that "matching sets" are a faux pas, even in plain black tie and cumberbunds but, I feel the midnight blue suit offsets the other black satin enough that this a rule that I could get away with bending a bit, even more so with a white pocket square. I rarely look to celebrities for black-tie correctness, but Daniel Craig wore an amazing midnight Tom Ford tuxedo to the Oscars in 2009, aside from the chunky Omega divers watch he did everything correctly it seemed, and I believe he had a gray cumberbund. If I wear to venture into the colored realm it would only be for a gray or silver as I want to look very subtle yet well pulled together. I feel I have most of this outfit ticked in the right boxes, but what would some of you do for the cumberbund?