Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Aug 1, 2012.
You wore a tuxedo to a job interview that requires you to clean toilets.
Actually, the "joke" was unintentional: Those few I've ever tried on actually did cause heel slippage!
I felt that way for years but since I bought the AE's I enjoy them immensely. I do need a pair of black cap toes because the Mrs. and I will be attending the theatah more often this fall and winter but I'm really looking at a pair of suede loafers just like the Kenwoods.
I have the items in bold.
The formalwear thing is starting to want its own thread (is there one already?). Meanwhile may I humbly suggest that those who own black tie setups (or who have such aspirations) wear them to concerts, operas, or ballet? I'm willing to bet that the Missus, or equivalent, would be happy with an opportunity to throw on a gown as well .
I'm not one of those musicians who believes that the precepts of "Great Art" demand that a concert be a contemplation of said "Great Art" and nothing else (trust me, there are many who do). "Classical" concerts have always been places to see and be seen; as much social occasions as musical performances, and I for one see nothing wrong with that. The only reason I can think of that orchestras started wearing tux/tails in the first place is that they needed to keep up with the formal fashion of those attending the performances. If no one is going to wear formal dress to an orchestra concert, then I think it makes far more sense for us to wear (non-black) suits, or something equally modern and relevant (in fact, some groups already do). So get that dinner jacket out of the closet, take your lady out to dinner, sip a scotch at intermission, feel like god damn [insert betuxedoed hero], and maybe hear some Stravinsky while you're at it. Just a thought...
my understanding was that this was one purpose of formal dress in the first place. All the men in the room are wearing the same thing. No color/pattern matching decisions, no peacocking, etc. It's the great sartorial equalizer, in a way. Also, it's a blank background against which the ladies' gowns stand out more.
anywhere we can find youtube videos of your work? that is very cool.
Very good list. Did pretty well on Manton's list except:
No SB gray or DB suits. The last ones were maybe '93. Ready for a DB, but not gray.
No solid black or solid navy ties. Solid ties are against my religion with the exception of solid silk knits and even then I only have a solid in olive currently.
I presume the OP is assuming that one has a white-collar job and lives in a large metropolitan US city. like New York or Washington DC.
There's some stuff in Toronto I think. Charity, etc., but the barristers have an event for example. If they'll shell out for the gown, then they can buy a tux. Not a private dinner, but not entirely public.
That said, the quality of dress in Toronto would increase 100% were a T.M. Lewin to open. It shouldn't be so hard to find decent, inexpensive, interchangeable basics. More blue butcher stripes, navy wool ties, and fewer bright purple "dress shirts" on sale at The Bay. You shouldn't have to be rich to be able to afford something soporific.
has anyone mentioned
eggshell colour shirts yet?
Seriously though, isn't this the tacit assumption of most of the MC forum?
Im shocked you don't have a white FC shirt, a white PS, or a pair of black captoe shoes.
1 -decent, non-chino khakis
I don't think so. I have wheat coloured trousers, and khaki coloured jeans, but I am not sure that is what is intended
2 -a mid to dark gray worsted single-breasted suit
I have three, but one has a tiny pinstripe, another is a glen check, and the third is flannel. I am not sure if any qualify.
3 -black stitch caps
AE Byrons (my first decent shoe, bought at eye-watering full retail -- unless you are Australian or Canadian, I doubt you can imagine how painful that is), but strictly speaking they are punch-cap, right? Also Alden plain-toe bals, but they are no-cap. So, not sure here.
4 -An overcoat in navy, charcoal or camel
One in charcoal and a fawn covert coat. Also an Invertere tweed and raincoat ( vox's baleful influence ...)
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