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So I'm going to a ball - tuxedo advice

Waistcoat

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Hey guys, so I finally have a reason to get all dressed up with the mrs for the office ball which has been specified as black tie. I'm planning on possibly getting one tailored; single breasted with peak lapel. What are everyone's recommendations on shirt and collar? I'm not a fan of cumberbunds, I was thinking of a waistcoat, possibly in white. Finally, what is the standard for shoes these days? Patent/high shine leather or regular oxfords?
Thanks guys.
 

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Single breasted, peak lapel (or shawl), plain front shirt with turndown collar, bow tie that matches the facings of the lapel, black waistcoat, patent oxfords.
 

Matt S

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Originally Posted by bigbjorn
Single breasted, peak lapel (or shawl), plain front shirt with turndown collar, bow tie that matches the facings of the lapel, black waistcoat, patent oxfords.

+1. Get the waistcoat (3 or 4-button low-cut) to match the fabric of the suit. Get the dinner suit in midnight blue instead of black. It looks deeper than black. But get the lapels in black grosgrain.
 

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