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I want to be best dressed

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Oddly Familiar, May 2, 2006.

  1. Oddly Familiar

    Oddly Familiar Senior member

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    Help me defend my title as best dressed at prom last year. I want to be best dressed again. Make it happen.
     
  2. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    Find a fitted 1 button peak lapel dinner jacket, shirt with a properly fitting semi spread collar, a self-tied bow tie, proper studs, a low cut waistcoat, a crisp linen pocket square, a red carnation in the lapel hole and not pinned to it, trim trousers that stay in the same spot, silk hose and either pumps or plain-toe laceups with silk laces. Or replace the DJ with a velvet smoking jacket in either burgundy, green, purple, or red; the waiscoat with a cummerbund; and the shoes with velvet slippers.

    And of course, a fetching date so people actually notice you and because she will make you that much better looking. Considering the stereotypes abounding in America today, maybe if you bring a male date you will have an even better chance.
     
  3. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    Go for classic elegance. One button, peak lapel, black bow tie (SELF TIED), cummerbund or vest.
     
  4. Oddly Familiar

    Oddly Familiar Senior member

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    I'm a sophmore going with a senior. People will notice. So a bow tie, not a neck tie? Should I go solid black? Or classic black suit/white shirt? Is a vest a good idea? I was thinking Black suit, either a black or with shirt, vest, red tie, red pocket square. Replace red with whatever matches Emily. I don't know what she is wearing yet.
     
  5. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    a red carnation in the lapel hole and not pinned to it

    I think this is a smart suggestion. OF, you need a little something to put you over the top. Impeccable, classic styling, on its own, might not be enough to cement the title. You need a little touch like this to push you over the top.

    either pumps

    This might not fly in a HS crowd that has never seen them before. But I like the smoking jacket idea.

    OF, a waistcoat would probably be more eye-grabbing than a cummerbund.
     
  6. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    A bow tie if you're actually wearing a dinner suit. Don't do solid black - that's tragically wannabe hip these days. Vest is a very good idea. Don't wear a coloured tie, and if you do, don't match it to the pocket square. Colour looks best when its restricted to one item and everything else serves as a simple, elegant backdrop. That is, in fact, the spirit of formalwear. So keep it to the flower. Just think of all the stylish men you've seen in black tie. From Bond to Agnelli, I guarantee they all stuck to a black/midnight blue and white dichotomy except for a spot of colour.
     
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    whoopee Senior member

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    I wore pumps among my high school crowd. Still, you're right, Doc, that's a dangerous proposition.

    The point of formalwear is to show off the beauty of the lady. Remember that.
     
  8. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Don't yearbooks also bestow a "Best Dressed" to a male and female?
     
  9. Oddly Familiar

    Oddly Familiar Senior member

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    Alright, black tie and avoid all black. I really like the carnation idea, but the flower thing my date gives me will cover it up, won't it? Y'all told me last year to try and not draw attention to myself, but to my date. I'll keep it in mind this year. Last years was pretty mad when I won best dressed with a girl that wasn't her. I'll let you know what color she is wearing, and it will make this whole process a lot easier.
     
  10. Charley

    Charley Senior member

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    Alright, black tie and avoid all black. I really like the carnation idea, but the flower thing my date gives me will cover it up, won't it? Y'all told me last year to try and not draw attention to myself, but to my date. I'll keep it in mind this year. Last years was pretty mad when I won best dressed with a girl that wasn't her. I'll let you know what color she is wearing, and it will make this whole process a lot easier.

    The only item of your clothing that you might want to coordinate with the lady's clothing is the pocket square - and that is a maybe.

    The dinner suit rig is just black and white. Flower should be that very dark red carnation. Get a pocket square that is white or cream with some border or pattern in the color of the lady's dress.
     
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    Matt Senior member

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    what did you wear last year?
     
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    Margaret Senior member

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    Based on most of the H.S. prom photos I've seen, those judging you may not have the same taste as the people on this board. But it's better to be the best dressed than to be judged the 'best dressed'.
     
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    Based on most of the H.S. prom photos I've seen, those judging you may not have the same taste as the people on this board. But it's better to be the best dressed than to be judged the 'best dressed'.
    In HS, that's not necessarily true.

    What won it last year? Chances are 'classic' isn't going to cut it.
     
  14. Get Smart

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    In HS, that's not necessarily true.


    yea, esp since one of the prime directives of HS is to get 'tang and guys who really *are* the best dressed, in the cosmic universal sense we all aspire to, arent going to do as well with the ladies as those who are *judged* as best dressed. unfortunate but true. anyways, good luck with your Prom outfit, take some pics while yer at it. of your date too. [​IMG]
     
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    Nick M Senior member

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    In HS, that's not necessarily true.

    What won it last year? Chances are 'classic' isn't going to cut it.

    In my experience, the guy wearing the white suit always wins.

    Always.
     
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    In my experience, the guy wearing the white suit always wins.

    Always.

    My junior prom, I went white jacket, black pants.

    Yup, you guessed it.
     
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    Impeccable, classic styling, on its own, might not be enough to cement the title.

    And therein lies the dichotomy. A classic suit of dinner clothes is designed not to make a man stand out but to help him blend in. In a sense, you become the perfect neutral, a canvas on which the splendor of your date's attire becomes all the more vivid. The more classic, timeless and stylish your dinner clothes, the less likely you are to garner the kind of attention that would cause the hoi polloi to call you "best dressed."
     
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    Midnight blue dinner jacket!
     
  19. Oddly Familiar

    Oddly Familiar Senior member

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    Last year I wore something really modern. A tux with a long jacket with two stripes going down the side, no buttons. Black pants, black shoes, black pinstriped shirt, no pocket square, and a purple tie to match my date. I won by two votes, the guy in all white was a close second, he had a cane and hat. It was pretty lame if you ask me.
     
  20. Torque

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    In my experience, the guy wearing the white suit always wins.

    Always.


    Not if half of the guys sport a white suit to be oh so different.
     

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