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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. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Thanks! It's going to be after 6, so that helped my decision.
     
  2. musicmax

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  3. ThinkDerm

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    which c and j's?
     
  4. SkinnyGoomba

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    Would you like me to submit them for approval?
     
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    The front button fell off my 1-year-old dinner jacket at my last concert. I'm hesitant to sew on a new one only for it to fall off again sometime later (I'm in black tie at least a dozen times a year, and hope this tux lasts me at least the fifteen years that my previous one did).

    It got into my head to maybe have another buttonhole sewn on the right side of the jacket and go link front style:

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    Ostentatious? Subtle? Inappropriate?
     
  6. Master Squirrel

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    I have a similar pair. Good choice!
     
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    Undershirt or not? I'd bet money that you're not removing the coat at any time throughout the event.
     
  9. Moloch38

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    I'm for it. I've seen a few DJs like this that look fantastic.
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  10. ThinkDerm

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    yes
     
  11. msulinski

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    Quote:Can you find a BB near you and try them on? Otherwise, I recommend ordering multiple sizes and shipping back the ones you don't want
     
  12. ThinkDerm

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    Agreed!
     
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    I'm digging the linkage closure on the jacket posted above. I don't think I'd do it or anything else out of trad for dinner suit but I'm going to have a few velvet 'gala' suits made for local occasions that I may do that closure to. These suits would be worn in a black tie optional environment where most idiots would be wearing after work apparel. Wearing a tux would look ostentatious [​IMG]
     
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    Wearing a tux to a black tie optional affair is not ostentatious. If it were, then it wouldn't be an option.
     
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    +1.
     
  16. throwbookatface

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    Any suggestions for a quality OTR tux in a 36S with a somewhat athletic build? Unfortunately my smaller stature limits my options - Brooks Brothers, for example, just doesn't make a suit or tux to fit someone my size or build. I'm in NYC if it helps. I'm attending a wedding in October for which I need this, and I will wear it in my own wedding next year (as well as more events).

    I visited Suitsupply because they actually make a proper tux, but their MTM service utilizes Italians, who refuse to lift themselves out of a recession and apparently take the whole of August off, so it wouldn't be ready until late October. They no longer make or stock a tux in 36S despite their suits being available in this size. I need this for early October. So on to RTW...

    I visited Saks and my options right now are Armani and RLBL, which are more than I'd like to spend (about $2K give or take). BB's pricing is right but doesn't make things in my size or cut. Hugo Boss makes a proper tux in my size but the consensus (and what I've seen in the one Boss suit I own) is that their stuff sucks, as good as their cuts are. J.Crew makes a shawl lapel jacket in my size and their suits fit me well, but it has vents (which I'd close) flap pockets (which I'd tuck in, I guess) and plastic buttons. Ebay is a wasteland of Shaquille O'Neal-sized and styled polyester; nothing used in my size either.

    Any advice? I'd consider renting for this wedding and investing in the Suitsupply MTM one for my own, but I know how bad rental tuxes can be as well.
     
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    There are plenty of other MTM places in NYC. I have used LS Men's clothing with good results.
     
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    That's the route I'd go. If they nail the fit (the most important part, especially in your size) then the rest can be dealt with -- you specify two solutions and buttons are pretty easy to replace. I'd even stick with two vents with shawl lapels, but that's just me.

    Edit: consider having a buttonhole sewn on the lapel.
     
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  19. throwbookatface

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    Good suggestions. Thanks, all.
     
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