Tuxedo accessories

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  1. HRHAndrew

    HRHAndrew Senior member

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    Gentlemen,

    Fellow member Duveen (A true gentlemen) was kind enough to pick up the Sartorio tuxedo from Filene's Basement that he posted about.  In November my wife and I are going on a two week cruise to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary/30th birthdays.  There are four formal nights where I plan to wear the tux.  It is an awesome one button number that would lend itself well for wearing vests.  Any recommendations where I can get nice tux accessories?  It would be a shame to have to get the accessories from men's warehouse to go with such a nice tuxedo.  I appreciate any suggestions.

    Thanks,
    Andy
     


  2. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Andy, Ben Silver has some ready-made silk vests for evening.

    Will
     


  3. clarinetplayer

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    Holland is but a few hours away from metro Detroit. Check out the Claymore Shop in Birmingham and Somerset Mall (Nordstroms, Saks, Nieman Marcus). Not really sure what is available in greater Grand Rapids.
     


  4. armscye

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    Try a couple of antique shops. In the Thirties and Forties, it seems that everyone owned tuxedo studs and cufflinks, and I have rarely failed to find some interesting sets in a good-sized antique shop. The most common seem to be smoked or light mother-of-pearl. You'll need two cuff links, either three or four studs for the shirt, and (if you have a formal vest configured for it) three larger studs for the vest. The jury seems to be out on whether they need all match-- some say that studs and links need not be in the same style, though they should be the same color of metal.
     


  5. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Robert Talbot makes some very nice vests. I got mine at Nordstrom. Paul Stuart also has some very elegant vests. You may also want to check out Favourbrook: http://www.favourbrook.com/system/index.html Ebay is a good source for interesting cufflinks and studs. I picked up some antique Mikimoto pearl and onyx studs and cufflinks on ebay for not a lot of money. Otherwise, I would suggest estate/vintage jewelery shops. Kai
     


  6. inglewood3

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    A few things about this situation -

    1. Just for pedantic reasons, I'll make it known that the proper way to abbreviate "tuxedo" is "tuc". Always something interesting to point out to people.

    2. Just my opinion, but with a one button dinner jacket (I'm assuming both peak and shaw lapels), a cummerbund is more aesthetically pleasing than a vest - if you do choose a vest, spare the world and find one that is a full vest (with a back), not looking like men's wearhouse, as you said before. Good luck.
     


  7. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    I have a backless vest, Inglewood. I don't see why you put it down so much. It really comes in handy when dining on lobster. [​IMG]
     


  8. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Why??
     


  9. inglewood3

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    Backless vests just do not seem to present a "finished" look. It always reminds me of something from a rented formal wear establishment. It also makes me want to kill myself.

    The abbreviation (and origin) of the dinner jacket can only be described as arbitrary, in my opinion, as it was 'founded' in tuxedo park in the late 19th century. The gentlemen's recalcitrant behavior towards formal wear at the time (white tie, of course) led to a jacket sans tails, and these men stated that "the uninformed" abbreviate "tuxedo" as "tux". As far as I know (although I'd love to hear a specific reason why), they declared "tuc" worthy instead of "tux". You'll find about 1 in 150 men that know this
     


  10. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    Inglewood, I totally agree on the backless vest. I was just kidding.
     


  11. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Edward, Duke of Windsor, who some consider to have been reasonably well dressed, claims to have originated the backless vest for dinner clothes.
     


  12. The_Foxx

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    Highly recommend double-sided cufflinks and studs set from Paul Stuart (you can call the NYC or Chicago store), they come in onyx or mother of pearl disks, and are very reasonable for the set.' For vests, unless you are a 40-40reg looking for a white pique full back vest (in which case I can help you personally&#33[​IMG], strongly recommend you check out the online boutique at www.victortalbots.com a great website, and plenty of vests on there to order online.
     


  13. Classic

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    While I agree that a cummerbund is a more "formal" look, I like to wear a vest with a tuxedo. In fact, I recently had one made, full back.
    Personaly, the full back just fits better, and is in my view one of those things that while no one may notice, I know, and this is enough for me.
    Try some of the higher end stores that sell tuxedos, especially now that the sale season is on. You could get lucky and find a nice vest being sold there.

    Classic
     


  14. inglewood3

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    This post has actually caused me to begin looking for a full-back vest for my dinner clothing. "I've had it". Also, can we discuss WHY it is so damn hard to find double sided cuff links these days? (besides the obvious costs and obliviousness of most men)
     


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    Classic Senior member

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    Depending on where you live, Holt's Last Call had a rather large selection of double sided links last week when I visited the Toronto location.
    Also, noticed a few pairs at Marshall's in Buffalo a couple of weeks ago.

    Classic
     


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