Thrift Thread Fits: Formal Wear

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

  1. johnvw

    johnvw Senior member

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    May I ask from where?
     
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    GMMcL that tux is awesome!
     
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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.
     
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    johnvw Senior member

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    Sorry about the double post. Thanks for your response. Elegant rig!
     
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  5. 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!
     
  6. Snoogz

    Snoogz Senior member

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    I have some Photo's I could contribute to recently...Just waiting for some pics to populate from the formal wedding I just attended.


    Great Thread btw! I just hope it doesn't die out! keep it alive!
     
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    aravenel Senior member

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    Orgetorix wins this thread.

    I'm going to have to start trolling ebay for tails soon. Any tips? I've gotten pretty decent at looking for suits/SCs, but eBay has a whole separate section for formalwear, most of which seems to be crappy polyester stuff.
     
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  8. FillW

    FillW Senior member

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    You look like a Hollywood movie star in that first pic! [​IMG]
    That outfit looks awesome![​IMG]
     
  9. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Senior member

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    Shop the vintage section. Vintage will always be better made, and unlike everyday suits, there's a lot of vintage formalwear still around in good condition because it wasn't worn as much.
     
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    aravenel Senior member

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    Thanks, will make sure to keep my searches there.

    Are you searching for specific manufacturers, or are you just browsing? So many old manufacturers that it makes it much harder to tell what's quality and what is garbage.
     
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    Orgetorix Senior member

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    Just browse, and look for stuff roughtly pre-1960. Tails were well on their way out by the early '60s anyway, so most will be before that. You won't recognize most of the brands, and the few you might recognize will be better quality than they are today. Botany 500, for example, was very good in the '30s/'40s but devolved to crap in the '70s/'80s/'90s. You'd have to spend $3K+ today to get the equivalent quality of 1930s Hart, Schaffner, & Marx.
     
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  12. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

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    Thanks, will give it a shot. I suppose the upside is that something old can't have been fused, so assuming it's in good condition and fits, it's likely to be decently made.
     
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    Orgetorix Senior member

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    Yes, exactly. No fusing before the mid- or late '60s, IIRC.
     
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    Yeah, that jacket is also pretty OTT. I'd wear it (to certain clubs, that is...). [​IMG]


    FWIW- I've been noting that there have been a lot of formal jackets in local thrift shops. Maybe I should look more closely at them. I could use a sharp one.
     
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    +1 orgetorix is a master of fit

    I was feeling okay about my current set up which is also very classically styled but this blows mine out of the water (mine has lower button stance though [​IMG])

    I actually just dropped mine off at the tailor earlier today for a ton of interesting alterations besides just fit such as covering the buttons in black grosgrain
    my online mtm formal shirt should be here in a couple of days and if I can find some solid braces on ebay I should be able to post within the next two weeks, and after that some follow up pictures of my date and I at senior ball (I am happy my shawl collar has a lapel hole so I won't get stabbed when she tries to put on my boutonniere)

    *suggestion* should we start posting prices like on the thrifting contest website that a few thrift thread members won/entered

    also it would be nice to get shots of footwear
     
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