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suspenders with a tux?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by marg, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. marg

    marg Senior member

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    I just purchased my first tux for a friend's wedding. Conservative 2-button, high notch jacket. I am wearing it with a covered plackard white shirt and a black satin herringbone weave bowtie (i didn't know it was going to be so tricky to tie!).

    How many of you wear suspenders with a tux? I'm 28, and I think suspenders might be a little too mature. Of course, it's better than having my pants sag. Thoughts?
     
  2. marg

    marg Senior member

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    Forgot to mention I'm wearing this with AE Park Avenues that will be shined up real nice. I don't mess with patent leather.
     
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    what kind of waist covering? vest / cummerbund?

    with a vest obviously not necesary but i say go for the cummerbund and suspenders
     
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    Mac Senior member

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    Always wear suspenders (braces). If you can I would return that 'tux' for a one button, peak lapel—it's more correct.
     
  5. marg

    marg Senior member

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    no cummerbund. not a fan. i just wanted to keep it simple.
     
  6. marg

    marg Senior member

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    Always wear suspenders (braces). If you can I would return that 'tux' for a one button, peak lapel"”it's more correct.

    While I do agree with you, and I like that look more, peak lapels generally mean higher armholes and trim sleeves. I used to dabble in powerlifting, so I need more room up top. As a consequence, I had to spend 100 on alterations to trim it down properly.
     
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    Conservative 2-button, high notch jacket.

    Oxymoron.
     
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    Tux pants generally ( all that I've ever looked at ) come with suspender buttons installed. To wear suspenders or not is a personal choice, either is proper. I don't wear them, my tux pants are fitted snug enough around waist ( as many do ) to stay where they belong. I also think they look more for old pot bellies then a younger appearence, and wtf, you don't take a tux jacket off anyhow ( unless your smashed or doing the limbo ), so no one would ever know if you are wearing them or not.


    PS: I guess I don't need to add-- if you want suspenders NO CLIP- ONS
     
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    Forgot to mention I'm wearing this with AE Park Avenues that will be shined up real nice. I don't mess with patent leather.

    -1. A tux requires REAL formal shoes. DON'T do it!
     
  10. marg

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    PS: I guess I don't need to add-- if you want suspenders NO CLIP- ONS


    If I go with suspenders (braces), they would be Trafalgar button ones.


    Thank you all for the replies! All your comments are most appreciated. Keep them coming!
     
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    First of all, good on ya for getting a real bow tie.

    As for the suspenders, they are not meant to be seen. You're not supposed to remove a dinner jacket until you undress at home or hang it up in your car to prevent wrinkling. But in practice, of course, people do remove their dinner jackets at weddings all the time, typically because they get hot while dancing with Aunt Margie as she creepily tells you what a fine young man you've become.

    Personally, I think suspenders are more elegant than either belts or nothing at all in such circumstances and look good on any age. Their functional purpose is to hold the pants up, of course, but unlike belts, they tug at the top of the pants and thus, in my opinion, improve the overall drape of the trousers.

    As to the peak lapel dinner jackets having armholes that are too high, this may be true of the models you tried on, but it certainly isn't for every model. One of my dinner jackets is a Canali, and there's ample room for broad shoulders and wide arms. I'd suggest checking that brand out.
     
  12. marg

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    A Canali was the first jacket I tried on, a 2-button notch at Bloomingdales. No go with the armholes. Joseph Abboud makes a peak lapel that fit OK in the shoulder, but the rise on the pants was way too long. The Boss tux they had also fit, but I wouldn't pay retail for Boss.

    The process of finding a tuxedo has been very difficult because I have b/w an 8-10in drop depending on the cut of the brand. I ended up going with a Jos A Bank signature because it was on sale for 240, and I was able to customize the pants/jacket. While I am used to a much higher quality of product (Zegna, Arnold Brant, Hickey), this fills my needs until I get a MTM one for my wedding. No sense in spending 1500+ on something I may wear a handful of times before I get something better.
     
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    I have a nine inch drop, so I know what you mean. Careful on the rise, though. Formal trousers aren't supposed to fit like jeans, or even more fitted woolen trousers. The drape and the elegant Astaire-like lines are part of their timeless appeal. Just throwing that in.

    No one can fault you for not breaking the bank on what is, at the end of the day, a rig you'll wear but a handful of times. No, it may not be as luxurious as what you'd prefer, and it may not be glatt kosher in terms of traditional styling, but if it fits well and looks great on you, no one but Style Forum will probably notice the difference. Wear with confidence and own that shit.
     
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    -1. A tux requires REAL formal shoes. DON'T do it!

    I thought a highly polished calfskin cap toe was acceptable, no?
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement! I will still totally dominate in a sea of ill-fitting rentals and pre-tied bowties.

    I think I will buy the suspenders and decide what I like better when I put them on. Worst that happens is I make another trip to return them.
     
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    Only other thing I'll add is that I'd recommend ones which use cloth/textile attachments for the trousers, not leather. The leather attachments are a bit thicker and, especially under a vest or cummerbund, could make unnecessary bulges.
     
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    I thought a highly polished calfskin cap toe was acceptable, no?

    No.
    And the OP bought the tux. Why not spring for some proper shoes so that he will be rockin a proper outfit!
     
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    Wear the braces, but please make sure they're real braces and not the cheesy clip-ons. I agree that you really should wear a cummerbund - it completes the outfit. I once shared your leeriness towards them but you really need to elongate your line with the 'bund. It's much more elegant.

    I know it's probably heresy but I hate patent leather shoes. I much prefer a well-shined black shoe - a wholecut would be best IMO but a captoe is fine in my book.
     
  19. marg

    marg Senior member

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    No.
    And the OP bought the tux. Why not spring for some proper shoes so that he will be rockin a proper outfit!


    I could have purchased the Allen Edmonds formal shoe, the Kendall, at a pretty strong discount, but I just don't like patent leather. I don't like the look or feel of a patent shoe, and I also want my feet to breathe. I normally don't wear black shoes, but the PAs are classic, and I'm sure they will be put to good use when I finish law school.
     
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    I could have purchased the Allen Edmonds formal shoe, the Kendall, at a pretty strong discount, but I just don't like patent leather. I don't like the look or feel of a patent shoe, and I also want my feet to breathe. I normally don't wear black shoes, but the PAs are classic, and I'm sure they will be put to good use when I finish law school.

    You'll be fine. You choice will only upset the pickiest of the bunch who would find fault elsewhere.
     

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