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Midnight Navy Tux v Black Tux

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Perdogg, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Perdogg

    Perdogg Well-Known Member

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    Is there any reason to wear a midnight navy tux as opposed to a black one? Cruise wore on in MI:4 and Craig wore one in Skyfall. Is the blue the new black?
     
  2. mingus2112

    mingus2112 Senior member

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    Midnight blue has been classic for nearly a century. It actually is said to look "blacker than black" in artificial lighting. (where black can sometimes take on a greenish hue) Check out the blacktieguide for more info:

    http://www.blacktieguide.com/Classic/Classic_Tuxedos.htm

    -J
     
  3. driftking

    driftking Well-Known Member

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    I've seen Nicola Bulgari in a blue tuxedo.
     
  4. Sander

    Sander Senior member

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    The only reason to wear midnight instead of black is that you like it better (which I do).
     
  5. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    sander - photos of you in the blue tux?
     
  6. Moloch38

    Moloch38 Senior member

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    I think this is him...
     
  7. aravenel

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    +1. Midnight blue is the classic. Just make sure it's really midnight blue. Lots of the more fashion forward ones you see lately are too light.
     
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  8. NukeMeSlowly

    NukeMeSlowly Senior member

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    Actually, for we quasi albinos of the world (I am of the Irish extraction), even a very dark blue still soundly trumps black in the "trying to not resemble a walking corpse" category. I am grateful for every sartorial rule/custom that allows me to avoid wearing black.
     
  9. CentralParkMan

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    I agree with the previous posters, midnight blue is a classic shade and I'm glad it's gaining popularity again. Although you can never go wrong with a black tux, they are starting to bore me a little. I actually own a midnight blue tux and have gotten more use out of it than my black tux as of late.
     
  10. Calder

    Calder Senior member

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    Just remember that it will look blue if flash-photography is used. The "Blacker-than-black" effect is due to most artificial lighting being slightly yellow.
     
  11. Sander

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    Sorry, exists in planning only. Will probably be a 4x1 DB, side vents, grosgrain lapels. Slightly bigger lapels, with a little belly.
     
  12. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    Case closed.
     
  13. tim_horton

    tim_horton Senior member

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    That's the problem... IMHO if it's even dlightly lighter than midnight blue the contrast between the jacket and lapels looks not so hot.
     
  14. recondite

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    I find midnight blue dinner jackets work best when the event begins before the sun has set.

    For that same reason, I like midnight blue trousers with an ivory dinner jacket and black tie, since certain latitudes are quite bright for evening events when ivory or cream dinner jackets are acceptable.

    Horses for courses.
     
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  15. Moloch38

    Moloch38 Senior member

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    I think that is an amazing look I would like to have the opportunity to pull off.
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  16. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    Seriously? I wouldn't recommend it. White dinner jackets are supposed to be for warm-weather events in warm or tropical climates. He is in NYC with snow on the ground. I think he is wearing penny loafers too. I also don't like the black vest peaking through the jacket. I think a cummerbund would have looked better. As for the lapel, I hope the reason I can't see one on the one side is simply poor photo quality.

    I hope you at least plan on wearing the white dinner jacket in the appropriate setting.
     
  17. Sander

    Sander Senior member

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    The lapel is there, just tilt your monitor. It's not a vest, it's a scarf.

    But yes, the white dj is inappropriate, as are the shoes and the watch.
     
  18. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

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    Yeah... Not a good look.
     
  19. table21

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    wearing that in the winter is not the best look but it has a nice lapel size and is a nice fit...at least though the body. The sleeves look way short to me it only sort of looks right because he has a watch but it looks like the sleeve of his shirt stops above his watch and the jacket is shorter.
     
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    Not the way I would wear it.

    But the basic idea is there; ivory shawl lapel jacket and midnight blue trousers with presumably white braces.

    In the heat of summer would be the proper setting for me and without the black scarf and watch. I do wear what appears to be the same shirt, or a fly front turndown collar of fine cotton poplin or silk. So, I like that. Clean, white, and no studs.

    A DB shawl is preferable, since no cummerbund is required, assuming you have had it cut so you can actually enjoy sitting down with the jacket fully buttoned. His jacket is a bit short for a SB shawl, or so it appears in camera.

    I personally like the idea of black tassel loafers with the rig since it is summer, but that's just me. I hate the look of patent leather and always have. It just looks cheap to me.Highly burnished calfskin is the look I prefer. Penny loafers seem to work for him, since they are relatively sleek looking and not Weejun like.

    Horses for courses.
     
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