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The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

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

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  1. othertravel

    othertravel Senior member

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    Hey guys,

    I posted a while back about my first black tie event (it went great).

    The trousers on my tux were pleated (triple or double) and I was wondering if anybody here carries over pleated trousers to their modern business wardrobe as well? I found that if the pants are slim enough, the pleats don't look bad at all.

    Any thoughts on this? Why is flat front the most popular option? I've always liked the look of pleated trousers with braces, with the exception of the 80's billowed look.
     
  2. LeviMay

    LeviMay Senior member

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    I've been going with pleats on all my trou for the last couple years. They fit better when high-waisted, and no one can see the pleats with a jacket on anyway.
     
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    J011yroger Senior member

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    I'd say mine are 50/50.

    J
     
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    For me it's a minimalism thing. I just see no need for them and don't really think they look better than flat fronts.
     
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    EriQ009 Senior member

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    For NYE, I will be wearing blackwatch trousers with my dinner jacket as well. Black bow tie and cummerbund. Tartan trousers are a nice touch, but a tartan bow tie/cummerbund/pocket square is a step too far, IMO.

     
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    Likely only outing this year

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    Lovely, SB. Especially like the mother of pearl studs, though all of the elements are wonderful.
     
  8. J011yroger

    J011yroger Senior member

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    Anyone in BT for NYE?

    J
     
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    No. But Bill cunningham did crop me out of a pic while I was in black tie. :(
     
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    I was.[​IMG]
     
  11. Sam H

    Sam H Senior member

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    I wore my outfit I specified earlier in the thread, last night. It was the midnight blue velvet jacket with subtle geometric pattern with smokey mother of pearl buttons and a white linen pocket square in a sort of triple peak but very close together configuration along with tuxedo trousers, cummerbund and bow tie, all satin. I had spit shined sleek pointed chelsea boots, white suspenders and a fly front contrast bib tuxedo shirt that was more on the casual side of tuxedo shirts. I also worse silk/nylon hose and for outerwear, I had a charcoal herringbone with black velvet collar SB Chesterfield and grey suede satin lined gloves. Someone asked for pictures of the jacket about a month ago, I will try and post some of the outfit and jacket as the photos roll in.

    For reference, I am 24 and was in the Meatpacking District of NYC. I don't ever really go to Meatpacking but it is synonymous with pricey clubs for finance guys around my age. It's a pretty trashy area in that "it's super exclusive in that guys are not welcome without women to balance hookup ratios and everything is expensive" sort of trashy way as opposed to "wow this place looks like it isn't up to fire code and I think that man might be dead" trashy. I associate it with finance jerks and girls who will groupie for bottle service. It can pretty fun, but also it's not. Really depends on state of mind and that state of mind usually shifts after a couple of hours.

    Anyway, a couple (maybe 3 or 4) guys were in tuxedos. One guy immediately made eye contact and was like "I like your tux" I said I liked his also. A couple other people throughout the night said I looked really classy or made tux brotherhood eye contact (not everyone who liked the look was wearing tuxes). The range of dress was shirts and/or sweaters to navy jackets to suits. I got what I wanted out of dressing up; the enjoyment of doing so and the mutual acknowledgement of others who also enjoyed doing so. Which is silly, but who cares. It's also fun. Also it was an open bar but I don't think I drank as much as my ticket cost. I was there with my girlfriend and her friends, so it was not like I went there with any expectations except the knowledge of exactly what the scene was going to be like.

    EDIT: Some photos

    http://imgur.com/a/NuBOV
     
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    Sam, I like your style of writing and you seem to have a keen eye for social settings. Thanks for sharing your experience and thank you for thd picture update. Take care.
     
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    J011yroger Senior member

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    Looking sharp guys. I wore a subtly patterned midnight shawl collar DJ, brushed wool flat front trousers with a bit of a shine, black tie/cummerbund, and a French cuff turndown collar shirt.

    I didn't think the venue was classy enough for traditional black tie, so I went a bit more trendy skipping the real tux shirt and high waisted satin striped trousers.

    J
     
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    @Huntsman, looking sharp.

    Also, love your bar.
     
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    J011yroger Senior member

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    Also, to whomever it may concern, I did last week try on my AE Opera pumps, and while wearing them did still feel very much attracted to women.

    J
     

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