The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

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  1. J011yroger

    J011yroger Senior member

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    Funny, I was thinking that I would likely not only be the most properly dressed at my party, but also the actual awards.

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    I will probably do single button, double vent, when, and if, I ever do this. Might do ventless; I had a ventless suit once before.
     


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    I could see myself wearing a stroller to a daytime wedding because almost no one would know what it was. Wearing a cutaway coat I could see looking like I was trying to show up the wedding party similar to wearing a dinner suit when the other guests were in lounge suits.

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    Absolutely. Part of me is quite sad I don't live in the UK, since I cannot wear my morning coat (as we call it in the civilized world[​IMG]) to anyone else's wedding without looking like a dick.
     


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    I might have to find a few like minded individuals and go out to brunch bi-monthly. The womenfolk are always looking for an opportunity to dress up for no particular reason, so they will be easy to convince especially when there is champagne to be had.

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    I recently have been assembling a group out here. Four of us went out to dinner in Black Tie in November, and three of us have Morning Coats, and have talked about doing the same.
     


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    There's a Styleforum meetup in DC next Thursday -- dress code is "Black Tie Recommended". I'm sure photos will be posted. Kinda wish I had better shoes than Park Avenues to wear, but my feet are crazy narrow and my options are limited.

    That said, Allen Edmonds recently released the Carlyle, which I just confirmed today can be special-ordered in an AA width. I'm aware that calf or patent would be the most proper choices... but can I get away with black shell? Part of me thinks the subtle sheen of shell would look better than either of the other two options, and since it's going to crease anyway (I'm in black tie half a dozen times a year) I think shell's rolls might be preferable to calf's hairline creasing or patent's blobbiness.

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    Thoughts?
     


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    @random-adam I'm quite conservative/classic in my black tie tastes, and I can't see any reason it'd be a problem, as long as whatever you're wearing has a top notch shine on it.
     


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    I wear 12A or 12AA park avenues and the AE opera pumps in 12A fit me amazingly.

    My forefoot is average size but from about an inch behind my pinky toe to my heel is super narrow, and my feet are dead flat.

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    I've looked again and again at their Ritz -- but the lines just don't do it for me compared to just about every other opera pump out there. If I'm to splurge on black-tie-exclusive footwear, I want it to look sublime. I'll probably stick with shell Carlyles and satin laces.

    Ritz:
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    Classier (to me) offerings:
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    Thanks to both of you for chiming in!
     


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    I'm quite happy with the look and fit of the Ritz, but the ones with the quilted inside are just a whole level nicer.

    Maybe when I get velvet slippers...

    J
     


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    I went with a $130 pair, and, so, was less picky. For what it's worth, my skinny feet fit into my CK guildfords with a vacuum like snugness. I honestly don't know my width, though. I'm a 7, so probably more small than narrow. I got them on zappos, so easy returns, if you wanted to try, but seems like you're accustomed to much better shoes.
     


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    This thread has been equal parts frustrating and informative. I just purchased my first tux, and have only just now considered that I need a waist covering. I also just assumed that I'd pair it with Albert slippers, only to learn that they are only appropriate for private (home or club) affairs. FUUUUUUUUUUUuuuuuuu. I thought I was done spending money on this rig.
     


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    If you pop round consignment shops, you can likely find a cummerbund for $20-$40. May not be the best one in the world, but will do the trick until you have the inclination to upgrade. Do you have plain toe, or cap toe, Oxfords? They are perfectly acceptable. Again, you can upgrade later, if you want something specific to BT.
     


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    These Ritz are simply ugly. The shoe does not work as the heel is to big and te sole as whole is to thick for an evening shoe.
     


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