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Tux shirt: Does it have to have pleats/bib?

TimelesStyle

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Is it wrong for a tux shirt to have neither pleats nor bib? I can't seem to find a tux shirt at a reasonable price that fits slim enough for me (BB slim and PRL Custom Fit too big in the arms) and am starting to think about finding a nice white double cuff shirt with a textured weave and just having the buttons removed and holes for studs put in their place. Is this wrong?

As an aside, is there a reason there aren't a couple of sub-forums in MC for things like formal wear?
 

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My original tux shirt was exactly what you describe. Got a tailor to remove the buttons and create stud holes. More recently I discovered the Thomas Pink Marcella shirt and I love it, a nice bit of interesting texture without the girly pleats and ruffles. A plain flat front shirt is NOT a black tie faux pas IMO.
 

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Originally Posted by Ianiceman
My original tux shirt was exactly what you describe. Got a tailor to remove the buttons and create stud holes. More recently I discovered the Thomas Pink Marcella shirt and I love it, a nice bit of interesting texture without the girly pleats and ruffles. A plain flat front shirt is NOT a black tie faux pas IMO.

I looked at Pink, but the only slim fit evening shirt they had was a wing collar, of which I am not a fan. Pink does, however, offer some nice textured slim fit shirts, as well as a white tone-on-tone striped shirt with double cuffs.

H&M actually had a great one for like $50 but it was a wing collar. I especially liked the fact that it had an extra flap behind the placket so you wouldn't get poked/rubbed by the studs if you elected against an undershirt (fabric was too thin to do that, though).
 

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I have a few pleated shirts but for something different, I had my first trial shirt from modern tailor done in a plain white fabric with a fly front. It is a rather nice and clean look in my mind.
 

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Originally Posted by Unregistered
I have a few pleated shirts but for something different, I had my first trial shirt from modern tailor done in a plain white fabric with a fly front. It is a rather nice and clean look in my mind.

I also had Modern Tailor make me a "tuxedo" shirt - I went with a placketless & bibless front for what I think is a modern take. I'd suggest trying MT, their trial shirt is only $20 to start and they can add a bib to it if you prefer for $10 I think plus your exact collar preference, etc.
 

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I think a plain white shirt without pleats or a bib is fine. It should have a spread collar, double cuffs and no pocket. For this kind of shirt I think it is best without studs. It's a more relaxed look and studs won't fit in. A fly front would be my choice, but special buttons (like black mother of pearl) would be a nice touch. Even standard mother of pearl buttons would still be fine. Anything from a smooth poplin to a heavy texture is acceptable.
 

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