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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. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    At my wife's event, I would not even consider drawing attention to myself. Wear the suit.
     
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  2. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This is not a hard question. Suit. You will not be at the black tie dinner and the event you will be at is not black tie. Enjoy the event.
     
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  3. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What sugar said....
     
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    I hate you all. :satisfied:

    I guess I was just hoping that my first instinct was incorrect. Thanks for the good advice. :thumbs-up:
     
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    NAVY suit, alas :bigstar:
     
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    Here's the MW number in the wild. If there's one thing my branch did well, it's the sleeve length. The other guys had extremely long ones

     
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    Wore my Edward Sexton black tie rig the other night to an event where only about 10% of the men were in black tie. Woman walks up to me and says, "You look really fancy. Did you rent that tux just for tonight?" I think that my response was "God, no!"

    ~ H
     
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    Well, you showed her!
     
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  14. JLibourel

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    Show up at the Main Event fashionably late at 9:30 in black tie.
     
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  15. TimelesStyle

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    If you haven't bought one yet, this is by far the best bang for the buck:

    http://www.ehaberdasher.com/servlet/the-15492/Benjamin-Sartorial-Tuxedo-cln--36S/Detail

    I have one of their suits and it's as nice as suits retailing for 3-4x the price. Only thing which isn't really my taste is the double vented jacket (I prefer unvented for a tux) but that's fixable.

    Oh, and depending on your exact build, you may want to try a 36r and/or 38s too, as they run a bit on the shorter and slimmer side.
     
  16. Deviantfish

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    A question on some of the finer points of black tie for you folks. Apologies if this isn't the thread for it, but it seems to be the most active one discussing formal wear. I have a reasonably standard tuxedo with grosgrain facings. Am I limited to black as far as waistcoat/bow tie are concerned? For context, I am a 20 year old medical student with a few "black tie" events in the coming weeks, however the majority of men going to these are likely to show up in grey suits/ghastly teal colored shirts from express (begging the question if I am going to be over-dressed).
     
  17. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    ^ If the event says "black tie," I would wear a tuxedo. You should stick to a black bow tie and either a black waistcoat or black cummerbund. Might as well do it right. I'd rather seem overdressed and honor the requested dress code than the alternative. If you don't want to wear a tuxedo, I'd stick to a dark suit, white shirt and conservative tie.
     
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    Two further questions - can anyone recommend a decent (hopefully not terribly expensive, as I'm still on a student budget) place to purchase an appropriate tie/vest/cummerbund? In addition, should I be attempting to find grosgrain ones as well, to match the facings, or will any type of black do? Apologies for the possibly ignorant beginner questions, I'm eager to learn and trying to get it right the first time.
     
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  19. Snoogz

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    If u can find it, it's nice to match your facings material. Try nordstrom, they will have decent quality accessories for a decent price point. They should have John w nordstrom, David Donahue (spelling?), and possibly few other brands in the 100-150 price point for a set of bowtie/waist cover. I would atleast rec u purchase ur bowtie/cover as a set, only to insure the matching of the materials sheen.
     
  20. Veremund

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    Yes. You'll be correctly dressed.


    Use Clermont Direct on the Internet or eBay. Yes, stick with grosgrain.

    Then do some reading on the the Black Tie Guide .com
     

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