The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mafoofan, Nov 22, 2011.

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  1. J011yroger

    J011yroger Senior member

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    Some were pretty bad, but I saw a pair of opera pumps, so that has to count for something right?

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    So, as to the state of Black Tie, just read something on another site where a woman explained, for her wedding, her husband went to the same Tux shop from which he'd been renting for 10+ years... So apparently he goes to a lot of black tie events, but can't do the math on renting vs. owning. Renting over and over for 10 years... boggles the mind.
     


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    +1. Honestly anyone who anticipates going to even 1 black tie event per year should own their own tuxedo. Once you own it gets even more use because you look for excuses to wear it. I've worn mine 4 times so far in 2013 and will probably get one final wearing out of it before the year ends.
     


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    Absolutely. I got mine for my wedding, August 31st, and have now worn it five times and will wear it again on Friday. A new casino is opening, and, while my buddy and I may be the only ones in Black Tie, we'll be the best looking guys there. Plus it'll be funny. I wore it to the wife's work Christmas party, and was the only one there; the dress code was "as formal as you want it to be" and my wife wanted me to wear the Tux, and I didn't need to be asked twice. Though, perhaps I will wear a suit next time around. Not sure if I looked like a dick.

    Anyway, that's five wears in only 4 months, so far. And, as yet, we have no plans for New Year's.
     
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    I found a thread in which Fritzl talks about this a bit.
     


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    Yes but they are so different and unique, each outfit representing its wearer's individual personality. Back tie is just so... stuffy.
     


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    I thought "stuffy" was the point of black tie events like the Botanical Gardens gala. :confused:
     


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    Is it individual personality or lack of knowledge of black tie's formality? :-/
     
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    That's kind of the point. Black tie is a uniform with a bit of room for customization but the basic idea is to have a black (or midnight blue) jacket and trousers with peak or shawl lapels, some sort of waist covering (or else wear a DB jacket that stays buttoned) and black bow tie. The idea is for the men to look similar with some subtle variations.
     


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    My post was facetious, but I guarantee that is what is going through these guys' heads. Most (American) men (and women) think like that, or did at one point.
     
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    My wife's work Christmas party photo booth shot.
     


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    Nice pic of you both - I like how you've done traditional black tie then glammed it up with contrasting festive antennas.
     


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    Hey ITG may I ask where you get your tailoring done? Also were you at the QE theatre on Sunday?
     


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    Laughed out loud. Quote my wife: "Can't unsee."

    I get my tailoring done by Blair Shapera (and his staff) on Smithe. My dad got his stroller and pants made there for my wedding. They were about $1300, I think, and made on-site, in Vancouver, with a second fitting during the process.

    Sadly, I have not been to the Queen E since Pirates of Penzance last year. Great show, though! My wife and I are thinking of subscribing to the opera next year, and are going to the Orpheum in March for Beethoven's Ninth.
     


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