The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

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  1. Van Veen

    Van Veen Senior member

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    As I have learned from some ill-advised eBay purchases... It's easy to pin a garment to give it some shape and structure when it only needs to look good from one angle.
     
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    Your points are noted. I'll be sure to try any on in person.

    J
     
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    I actually want mine for lounging at home, primarily, so it would work just fine for me - though I might want it shaped a bit, just because I like my robes snug.
     
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    Going to a roaring 20s themed gala in a few weeks.

    Ideas?

    J
     
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    Wear a tux. Bring a dame with nice gams.
     
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    A White Tie (detachable wing collar, stiff front) shirt would be about the only item differentiating the 20s from today. Not to say that soft front, turn down collar shirts weren't worn but the White Tie shirt was the choice of most.
     
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    Well, that part goes without saying, but I was asking more about styles or accessories that might give a hint to the era.

    I'll likely wear vintage studs and such.

    J
     
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    Cool. Thanks.

    J
     
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    Not a picture from the Roaring Twenties, but a picture of my Father (second from left) at a wedding in San Francisco around 1930.

    [​IMG]
     
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    What are you thoughts on vintage studs? I can't figure out the right kind to get for my black / white tie rigs.

    I want to get something besides just plain black, but I can't tell what would look good but not distract from the formality of white tie. What kinds of studs do you all wear? Also, I need studs with larger backs because whenever I wear them they seem to fall out of my shirt. Not sure if that's a problem with the shirt, the studs, or me...
     
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    You mean aside from borrowing my waistcoat? [​IMG] You could go with a marcella vest, and high wing collar, or completely the other way, with a cummerbund, and turn down. Cummerbunds were new, and very fashionable, in the 20's. You could wear black and white spectators, if you want to be tongue in cheek - I think that depends how "gala" it is, vs. how "costume."

    Some Art Deco links and/or studs would help. A Homburg, of course! Fat lapels, if you have a DJ with that feature. White DJ's arrived in the 30's, so avoid being one of the people who will, inevitably, confuse Casablanca with the 20's. It also doesn't go with the wing collar shirt you plan to wear.

    Care to fly me out, and take me as your guest? Failing that, a lady in a flapper dress, something like the white one my wife is sporting in one of my recent photos. Wear such a woman on your arm, and your own efforts will be delightfully overlooked.
     
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    @Midnight Blue , would there be any bow tie shapes more, or less, accurate to the 1920's, for @J011yroger 's theme fit?
     
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    I like mother of pearl, I have a goldtone and onyx set, but I think they look kind of...forced?

    J
     
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    I'd love a set of black and white spectators to go with my black peak lapel chalkstripe suit, but couldn't bring myself to wear them with black tie.

    Both my peak dinner jackets have normal width lapels, so maybe I'll wear a shawl?


    J
     
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    Excellent picture Roy!

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