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Thrift Thread Fits: Formal Wear

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CesarC, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. CesarC

    CesarC Senior member

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    Most of us seldom have the opportunity to dress up in black-tie or white-tie. As a consequence, formal fit pics in the thrift/discount thread are fairly rare.

    In the interest of comparing and sharing and maybe striking up a bit of competitive spirit, I thought it would be nice to compile formal thrift/discount fit pics here. Who knows -- maybe this can provide a nice compendium from which to nominate for yearly formal thrift fit awards, similar to the cheapies? The great diversity of styles and tastes in the brag thread showcases SW&D and MC and everything in between, but the more confined scope of formal wear provides a unique opportunity for comparison. Regardless of competition, feel free to post your best black-tie or white-tie thrift/discount fit pics!

    Only rule: At least one visible formalwear item must have been thrifted or bought on deep discount, either by you or by a fellow member who traded or hooked you up. Please state which items in the fit are thrifted / discounted, so we can appreciate.


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    I guess I'll start with one I'll likely have a hard time topping, from December 2012:

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    Jacket: Bespoke Japanese-made smoking jacket, thrifted by Ruben
    PS: Century 21
    Studs, links & tie: Free, store was closing
     
  2. GMMcL

    GMMcL Senior member

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    BITFO I recently went to a black tie attorney dinner. Switched between the two jackets all night. I'm also pretty sure (eh, it's kinda a fuzzy night) I wore a full collar shirt in the end. Vintage USA made MTM/bespoke smoking jacket, thrifted by Cap'n Wes JA shirt near $0 employee discount RLPL tie thrifted by me CORRECTION: Vintage Charvet tie Dunno who shoes. [​IMG]
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    NWT Zegna tux, thrifted by Orgetorix Charvet tie --> RLPL solid black silk Remaining details the same. [​IMG]
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  3. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Senior member

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    I have a coupla fits I can contribute here. *cracks knuckles*

    First: Formal daywear, circa 2006:
    '50s morning coat & trousers: Ebay
    Vintage vest: Ebay
    Shirt: Modern, from a clergy supply store IIRC
    Collar: Ede & Ravenscroft? Can't remember.
    Tie: Discount store; can't remember brand
    Shoes: Johnston & Murphy, thrifted by me
    Hat: Borrowed

    Oh yeah, and wife's dress = borrowed. :slayer:

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    White tie and tails, circa 2013:
    '50s Hickey Freeman tails & trousers: Thrifted by me
    Vintage boiled-front shirt: Ebay
    Collar: Ede & Ravenscroft
    Tie: From a dancewear supply shop, of all places
    Waistcoat: ex-rental outlet
    Studs & cufflinks: Krementz, thrifted by me
    Hat: Ebay
    Shoes: Johnston & Murphy, thrifted by me

    Wife's flapper outfit = rented

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  4. GMMcL

    GMMcL Senior member

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    I may never get tired of that shot of you in the morning coat. That fit is perfect.
     
  5. johnvw

    johnvw Senior member

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    Superb outfits! Thank you for sharing these pics. At the risk of asking an indiscreet question, is it possible to get a white tie outfit now from where you did?
     
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  6. landshark

    landshark Senior member

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    Terrible photo, but I have a nice Midnight Blue Christian Dior tailcoat that I wear on occasion. I don't have a white bow tie (an easy fix, I know) but I like the navy paisley.

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  7. CesarC

    CesarC Senior member

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    Hey landshark, cool fit! In keeping with the spirit of the thread, any thrifted / heavily discounted items you care to declare?
     
  8. Tyrone MacStiophain

    Tyrone MacStiophain Senior member

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    I got this jacket at a vintage shop years ago, and it fits better now than back then (when I was skinnier). It's a German brand I've never heard of. The label says "Qualitatskleidung".Trousers were from a local formalwear shop that has since gone out of business, and the fabrics are pretty much indistinguishable. The rest of the clothes were purchased new. (BTW, the ladies getting married specified a green color scheme, hence the unorthodox PS.)
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  9. jeff1234

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    nice classic suite
     
  10. landshark

    landshark Senior member

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    The tails were $50 shipped.
     
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  11. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Senior member

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    Thanks! If by outfit you mean the whole getup, well, I got the pieces from all over the place. Some are still viable, some not.

    If you're asking about the dress suit (the tailcoat and trousers), I got them from a vintage clothing shop and haven't seen another set in the ~4 years since I bought them.
     
  12. dreamspace

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    Bought on Ebay. Can't remember brand, but it's a wool and mohair mix. Was NWT and retailed for 500$ or something, been packed away since NYE.

    Followed with a silk PS, pre-tied bowtie and shirt (not the one in the picture, but it's a normal cotton, hidden placket shirt)
    Paid 60$...no alterations.

    Wish the button stance had been a bit lower, and armholes higher, other than that I'm pleased with it!
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  13. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Senior member

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    Very nice, dreamspace. Lovely proportions on that jacket, and it fits you perfectly.
     
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  14. johnvw

    johnvw Senior member

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    Thanks! If by outfit you mean the whole getup, well, I got the pieces from all over the place. Some are still viable, some not.

    If you're asking about the dress suit (the tailcoat and trousers), I got them from a vintage clothing shop and haven't seen another set in the ~4 years since I bought them.

    Sad to hear :( but thanks for the reply.

    Wear the elegant attire (on appropriate occasions) in good health!
     
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  15. johnvw

    johnvw Senior member

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    +1.
     
  16. johnvw

    johnvw Senior member

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    May I ask from where?
     
  17. Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse Senior member

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    GMMcL that tux is awesome!
     
  18. landshark

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    Ebay. They were total chance. I was planning on spending many times more, and came across this one. It was pretty much the only 36R tailcoat on eBay that wasn't a cheap rental type.
     
  19. johnvw

    johnvw Senior member

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    Sorry about the double post. Thanks for your response. Elegant rig!
     
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  20. CesarC

    CesarC Senior member

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    Thanks to everyone so far for their contributions. I accidentally neglected to mention formal day wear since I didn't even think to include it (how often does one thrift a morning coat?), but how could I forget Orgetorix's stellar wedding fit?! Dreamspace, that is a beautiful fit, high button stance notwithstanding. Oh, and landshark, as a fellow 36R I am jealous! Great stuff, everyone! Looking forward to more, especially since someone just posted a well-fitting tux they just thrifted...

    Keep it up, fellas!
     
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