Tux Link?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by BondArb, May 5, 2005.

  1. BondArb

    BondArb Member

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    ...Does anybody have a link to a picture or description of a classic, conservative tuxedo?  I am having one made for me and find myself with much less knowledge of styling vs. a regular suit.  Peak or notched lapels?  Cumberbund or no?  Silk lapels?  I do not want to end up with a garment that looks ridiulouc in 5 years.  Thanks in advance for any help.

  2. Kevin_lee

    Kevin_lee Member

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  3. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Several threads here and on Ask Andy about this very thing.

    Short answer: there are choices, but if you want to know that you did the right thing then get your dinner jacket

    Single-breasted black wool.  12 ounce barathea the standard, other "flat" finish or VERY subtle herringbone OK.

    peak lapels (grosgrain facing a little better than satin)

    jetted pockets (no flaps)

    no vents-- especially no center vent

    buttons covered with same grosgrain as on lapel.  One on front of jacket, 4 on each sleeve.

    Trousers are

    Cut with a very high rise to take braces (suspenders),

    and generally have:

    double forward-facing pleats

    on-seam pockets

    single silk stripe down the outside seam;same material as on lapels.

    No cuffs. Ever.

    Cummerbund/vest issue:

    Cummerbunds fine.  Same material as tie, which should be pretty much the same as the lapel material.


    vest low cut w/3 buttons.  Lapels generally same material as jacket.  Body of vest same material as jacket.   Black satin back OK.

    Once you have one like this, then you can worry about shawl lapels, double-breasted cuts, mohair fabric, and other enhancements.  Play it down the middle on your first one, however.

  4. Charley

    Charley Senior member

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    I'm having some work done by the tailor on a shawl lapel dinner jacket. I've never read a post on this, but how would it work to get the satin faced lapels replaced by grosgrain facings? I don't thing I've ever seen that, even in the rental wear uglies, so it must be a real no-no.

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