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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. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Don't know who made the "rules" but, to me, the Balmoral just looks sleeker and more formal than the Blucher format.

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    It's really barely noticeable by anyone but the most observant SF types - especially in a ballroom with muted lighting. if you're wearing trousers with a break the vamp will be mostly covered anyway. I bet an overwhelming majority of the general public don't even know the difference between the two!
     
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    That's true. But we do.
     
  4. Siwash

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    I am..well White Rock
     
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    thanks
     
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    gotitwenineed Well-Known Member

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    I am a firm beleiver that a high polished shoe or patent leather is necessary when wearing a tuxedo. Black suit during for a black tie affair you can do what you want but when wearing a tuxedo the shine is key to complete the look. I personally prefer a slipper but depending on the event i would also go whole cut shoe.
     
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    Thanks for all the feeback guys, leaning towards a slip on.

    I'm also considering these..nice shoe.

     
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    Link?
     
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    No love for slippers the past few pages?

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  11. gotitwenineed

    gotitwenineed Well-Known Member

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    Love slippers...

    Link is www.CesarRenuan.com think all their shoes are around $300

     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Vomit.
     
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    Slippers, by the very nature that they are slippers, must surely be near the bottom of the formality scale? Anyway my understanding is that they are supposed to be worn with smoking jackets by the host at house parties not outdoors at formal functions. YMMV.

    I have no love for effeminate opera pumps but some of the slip ons pictured above (not the horse bits) look quite good. The key thing for me is the vamp length. Too long and it looks like a pair of dated seventies venetians. Too short and they look again like dainty opera pumps.
     
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    Passing on pumps is like a gateway drug - it's the first place many people violate what the more conservative types think of as being true, traditional black tie. I recall my extremely-WASPy mother being simply appalled that I would consider wearing anything else. And after that, I quickly found myself cheerfully violating other traditional aspects of BT. Before I knew it I was refusing to wear a cummerbund and actually wearing a plain, white FC shirt with a tuxedo. That's as far as I went, though, and I actually wear a pleated shirt these days. But that's just because it's one of those shirts where the parts that you can't see have GTH colored stripes on them. Like this one:

    http://www.thredheads.com/All-American-Tuxedo-Shirt-p/dts-11-300.htm

    And I just don't get slippers.

    (edit: Looking more carefully at the GTH tux shirt, I can't believe that I once blew $200 on one of those, but the fact that one's hanging in my closet seem to prove that I did. That was clearly before I had two kids in college.)
     
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  17. Ianiceman

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    Haha! I believe that Butler posted pics of himself wearing a similar shirt recently.
     
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    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I had a shirt like that made one. Back and sleeves were of a fairly bold stripe. It was fun to wear and looked 100% traditional with the jacket on.
     
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    Perfect for your horsebit loafers.
     

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