The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

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  1. Van Veen

    Van Veen Senior member

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    Yes, because he's Harrison Ford, and it's a movie. He's playing a character that's supposed to be an iconoclast... who is supposed to stand out and be the center of attention in an era where everyone around him was dressed well. To put an outfit like that together would require very high end components and a perfect eye to not look like a shitty high school prom rental. A guy wearing a white DJ in this day and age is going to stand out no matter what, so you might as well just keep it conservative and play by the rules.

    I mean, there are plenty of times a see a photo of someone and think, "that's looks great", but then think twice.... "it looks great on that person in that situation, who had a small army of professional stylists and makeup artists attending to him, but probably would not work as well on me at XXX's wedding reception (or whatever)."
     
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    Have you seen tutee's AA/Esky write ups? This is the one about the white dinner jacket. Sadly, most of the pics are gone.

    http://thelondonlounge.net/gl/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1584#1584

    The claim that there is no historical precedence for the vest with white dinner jacket is clearly wrong.
     
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    There is a way to have a fun jacket and not look ridiculous. I think a velvet smoking jacket with a link front is the way to go. It is still technically correct black tie (though generally reserved for parties in someone's home). Unfortunately, they aren't easy to come by. A regular velvet jacket might work instead. Anything is better than what was on the previous page. Here are some sort-of correct options that I found:

    http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Fitzg...ar_MK00220_Color=BLCK&contentpos=53&cgid=0235
    I'd get the center vent closed on the above jacket.
    http://us.suitsupply.com/jacket-black-plain-berlin-c533/C533,en_US,pd.html?start=21&cgid=Jackets
    You can probably get away with the side vents in the above, or get them closed.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Men...761486?pt=US_CSA_MC_Suits&hash=item2579b6034e
    Not sure about this one specifically, but it should give you an idea.
     
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    ^ sh*t. Now I'm going to have to return mine.
     
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    I would think metro would make something along these lines that is still tasteful
     
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    Velvet during the summer for dancing is not a good idea IMHO.
     
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    I am really disappointed that the dinner suit on the left isn't available in my size. :(
     
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    I missed the summer part. I guess it partly depends on how good the AC is, but I suppose it may still not look seasonally appropriate. I was just trying to come up with something better than the monstrosities in the other post.
     
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    Maybe something in dupioni? The cream is already kind of "alternative" though.
     
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    If you're asking about the floral silk, it's Louis Vuitton F/W 2013.
     
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    I must confess that I really like that jacket.
     
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    The thing behind it is a disaster though...
     

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